Meaning of FLOUR in English

I. ˈflau̇(ə)r, -au̇ə, esp in the South -au̇wə(r noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, flower, best of anything, flour — more at flower


a. : finely ground meal of wheat ; especially : a commercial product that is obtained by milling and blending wheat more or less completely freed of bran and that consists essentially of starch and gluten of the endosperm — see whole wheat flour

b. : finely ground meal of other cereal grains or seeds (as rye, barley, buckwheat, rice, or bean)

c. : finely ground meal obtained from dried food products other than cereals (as potato, banana, or cassava)

2. : a fine soft powder (as of mineral or plant matter) usually obtained by grinding

silica flour

rock flour

wood flour production utilizes waste by-products and provides fuel for power

3. : fines

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to convert (as wheat or wood) into flour : grind and bolt : mill , pulverize

2. : to sprinkle or coat with or as if with flour

his coat floured with snow

3. : to break up (mercury) into fine particles — compare deaden 2e

intransitive verb

: to break up into particles: as

a. of mercury : to break into particles and become coated with sulfides so as to become useless for amalgam formation

b. of paint : chalk

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.