- Flour is defined as a fine powder or meal made from ground grain, roots, nuts and vegetables.
A fine powder used to make cakes and cookies and made from ground wheat is an example of flour.
- To flour means to sprinkle a thin powder (also called flour) onto a surface in order to prepare that surface and prevent sticking.
When you are making bread and you do not want it to stick to the counter, you spread a thin powder (made from ground grain) onto the counter; this act of spreading the powder is an example of how to flour the surface.
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- a fine, powdery substance, or meal, produced by grinding and sifting grain, esp. wheat, or any of various edible roots, nuts, etc.
- any finely powdered substance
Origin: Middle English (see flower): a figurative, figuratively use as “best, prime” inch(es) “flour of wheat,” after French fleur de farine, literally , flower of meal
- to put flour in or on
- to make into flour
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- A fine, powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain, especially wheat, used chiefly in baking.
- Any of various similar finely ground or powdered foodstuffs, as of cassava, fish, or bananas.
- A soft, fine powder.
- To cover or coat with flour.
- To make into flour.
Origin: Middle English, flower, best of anything, flour; see flower.
- flourˈy adjective