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

One team eyeballs the flour, and accidentally doubles the milk. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 In a food processor, process the cake flour, mango, baking powder, cardamom and salt to a fine powder. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Few drops distilled white vinegar Steps — Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor; process until well blended. Rebecca Powers, chicagotribune.com, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018 In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to blend them. Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Every baker needs a simple blueberry cake for the summer table," 18 June 2018 Stay away from the flour, stay away from the refined sugar, stay away from the gluten. Clay Skipper, GQ, "The Trainer to LeBron James and Victor Oladipo Shares the Recovery Secrets of NBA Stars," 31 May 2018 In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour and toasted hazelnut meal. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "Build a Better Banana Bread," 23 May 2018 In a large bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, and salt. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "Making No-Knead Bread Is So Much Easier Than You Think—and You’ll Use It in Meals All Week Long," 23 May 2018 Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 for summer: Master these seasonal staples for those sunny days ahead," 15 May 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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Phrases Related to flour

plain flour

white flour

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The first known use of flour was in the 13th century

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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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