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Definition of "flour" []

  • A fine, powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain, especially wheat, used chiefly in baking. (noun)
  • Any of various similar finely ground or powdered foodstuffs, as of cassava, fish, or bananas. (noun)
  • A soft, fine powder. (noun)
  • To cover or coat with flour. (verb-transitive)
  • To make into flour. (verb-transitive)
  • A powder, which may be either fine or coarse, prepared by sifting and grinding the meal of a grass, esp wheat (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any finely powdered substance (noun)
  • To make (grain) into flour (verb)
  • To dredge or sprinkle (food or cooking utensils) with flour (verb)
  • (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 (verb)

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Use "flour" in a sentence
  • "The proportion of baking powder to be used in a batter or a dough is regulated by the quantity of flour employed and not, as is the case with soda and molasses or sour milk, by the quantity of liquid, the usual proportion being _2 level teaspoonfuls to 1 cupful of flour_."
  • "A THIN BATTER is one in which the general proportion of liquid and flour is _1 measure of flour_ to _1 measure of liquid_."
  • "It is for this reason that winter, or soft, wheat is not used extensively for bread, but is employed for pastry flour or mixed with spring wheat to make what is called a _blend flour_, which may be used for all purposes."