flour

noun
\ˈflau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of flour 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a product consisting of finely milled wheat also : a similar product made from another grain or food product (such as dried potatoes or fish)

2 : a fine soft powder

flour

verb
floured; flouring; flours

Definition of flour (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to coat with or as if with flour

intransitive verb

: to break up into particles

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Other Words from flour

Noun

flourless adjective
floury \ ˈflau̇(-​ə)r-​ē \ adjective

Examples of flour in a Sentence

Noun

a five-pound bag of flour mix the two flours together

Verb

The fish should be lightly floured before it's fried.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soon, Anastasi told me, the pumpkin would be roasted, mashed, combined with eggs, flour, sugar and sweet wine, then rolled into balls and fried to create sfinci—a local style of doughnut. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 Watch indigenous grain and seeds being ground into barley, grits and flour, using late 19th-century equipment. Stephanie Citron, baltimoresun.com, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018 In went the flour, then the dough was loosened with a splash of milk. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018 From 2010 through the current outbreak, nine outbreaks have been caused by green lettuce or sprouts, compared with 12 from all other food groups, including meat, flour and prepared products, the CDC reports. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Why what's lurking in leafy greens can make you seriously sick," 2 May 2018 Its job was to carry cargo — produce, flour, whiskey, limestone — to ports along the lakes. John Seewer, The Seattle Times, "Shipwreck found in Lake Erie could be nearly 200 years old," 23 Apr. 2018 The Mary Jane Brownie Yield: 24 brownies 4 cups all-purpose flour3 cups granulated sugar 2 cups cocoa powder 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 Tbsp. baking powder 2 cups applesauce ½ cup agave 1 ½ cups sunflower oil 3 Tbsp. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, "This Vegan Chocolate Brownie Is Made With CBD Oil," 20 Apr. 2018 For Grilled Meats 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon2 2 lemons 1 Tb sugar, or more 1 Tb flour1 Tb unsalted butter Grate one of the lemons. Scientific American, "The Same, Only Different," 4 Apr. 2018 Make a large well in the center of the flour mixture and add the yeast. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add 2 eggs to flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Breakfast Recipe That Chip Eats 'Every Saturday'," 2 May 2018 Polish Walnut Horns 1 cup butter 8 ounces cream cheese 2 ¾ cups flour3 cups ground walnuts 2 ¾ cups sugar, divided 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup cream Beat together butter and cream cheese until light. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Remembering mom through recipes, traditions and food stories," 9 Apr. 2018 With a long sharp knife, cut dough in 16 squares, cutting in one downward motion and flouring knife after each cut Place squares 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cooking sheet. Woman's Day, "Cornmeal Biscuits," 31 Dec. 2011 If double-coating, place floured chicken in egg wash. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Fry chicken at home, or buy it at restaurants? That is the question," 17 Apr. 2018 Whisk together flours, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Food & Drinks," 2 Nov. 2017 For the doughnut dough: Whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Where to find deals and freebies on National Donut Day in Louisville," 31 May 2018 Dump out mixture onto lightly floured table and form into a 7-inch round circle. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Honoring dietary restrictions can be tricky," 2 Mar. 2018 Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the dough. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: New Orleans King Cake," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flour

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1657, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for flour

Noun

Middle English — more at flower

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More Definitions for flour

flour

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: powder made from a grain (especially wheat) that is used in cooking for making bread, cakes, etc.

flour

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) with flour

flour

noun
\ˈflau̇r \

Kids Definition of flour

: finely ground wheat or other food product whole wheat flour potato flour

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