- the finely ground meal of grain, especially the finer meal separated by bolting.
- the finely ground and bolted meal of wheat, as that used in baking.
- a finely ground, powdery foodstuff, as of dehydrated potatoes, fish, or bananas.
- a fine, soft powder: flour of emery.
- to make (grain or the like) into flour; grind and bolt.
- to sprinkle or dredge with flour: Flour the chicken before frying.
- (of mercury) to refuse to amalgamate with another metal because of some impurity of the metal; lie on the surface of the metal in the form of minute globules.
- to disintegrate into minute particles.
Origin of flour
Examples from the Web for flour
Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt on parchment or wax paper.
This will make it easy to pour the flour mixture into the stand mixer.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 6, 1/2-cup ramekins and set aside.
Combine the cold butter and flour in the bowl of a food processor.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
Sprinkle on the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies
November 29, 2014
I will send back and get the flour, as it is only five miles off.
We have now only flour enough for the remainder of our journey.
Roll in the white of egg and then in flour and sauté in butter.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Sift the baking powder and spices with the flour and add these.
Give the proportions of fat and flour that may be used for pastry.
- a powder, which may be either fine or coarse, prepared by sifting and grinding the meal of a grass, esp wheat
- any finely powdered substance
- (tr) to make (grain) into flour
- (tr) to dredge or sprinkle (food or cooking utensils) with flour
- (of mercury) to break into fine particles on the surface of a metal rather than amalgamating, or to produce such an effect on (a metal). The effect is caused by impurities, esp sulphur
Word Origin and History for flour
early 13c., flur "flower" (see flower (n.)); meaning "finer portion of ground grain" is mid-13c., from the notion of flour as the "finest part" of meal (cf. French fleur de farine), as distinguished from the coarser parts (meal). Spelled flower until flour became the accepted form c.1830 to end confusion.
"to sprinkle with flour," 1650s, from flour (n.). Related: Floured; flouring.