(noun) fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain


(verb) convert grain into flour


(verb) cover with flour; “flour fish or meat before frying it”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



flour (usually uncountable, plural flours)

Powder obtained by grinding or milling cereal grains, especially wheat, or other foodstuffs such as soybeans and potatoes, and used to bake bread, cakes, and pastry.

(US standard of identity) The food made by grinding and bolting cleaned wheat (not durum or red durum) until it meets specified levels of fineness, dryness, and freedom from bran and germ, also containing any of certain enzymes, ascorbic acid, and certain bleaching agents.

Powder of other material.

Obsolete form of flower.


• (U.S. standard of identity): smeddum, plain flour, wheat flour, white flour

Coordinate terms

• (ground material): meal


flour (third-person singular simple present flours, present participle flouring, simple past and past participle floured)

(transitive) To apply flour to something; to cover with flour.

(transitive) To reduce to flour.

(intransitive) To break up into fine globules of mercury in the amalgamation process.


• fluor, fluor-, four L, furol, orful, rufol

Source: Wiktionary

Flour, n. Etym: [F. fleur de farine the flower (i.e., the best) of meal, cf. Sp. flor de la harina superfine flour, Icel. flür flower, flour. See Flower.]

Definition: The finely ground meal of wheat, or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, the fine and soft powder of any substance; as, flour of emery; flour of mustard. Flour bolt, in milling, a gauze-covered, revolving, cylindrical frame or reel, for sifting the flour from the refuse contained in the meal yielded by the stones.

– Flour box a tin box for scattering flour; a dredging box.

– Flour dredge or dredger, a flour box.

– Flour dresser, a mashine for sorting and distributing flour according to grades of fineness.

– Flour mill, a mill for grinding and sifting flour.

Flour, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Floured; p. pr. & vb. n. Flouring.]

1. To grind and bolt; to convert into flour; as, to flour wheat.

2. To sprinkle with flour.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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