Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine, powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain, especially wheat, used chiefly in baking.
  • n. Any of various similar finely ground or powdered foodstuffs, as of cassava, fish, or bananas.
  • n. A soft, fine powder.
  • transitive v. To cover or coat with flour.
  • transitive v. To make into flour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Powder obtained by grinding or milling cereal grains, especially wheat, and used to bake bread, cakes, and pastry.
  • n. Powder of other material, e.g., wood flour produced by sanding wood.
  • n. Obsolete form of flower.
  • v. To apply flour to something; to cover with flour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The finely ground meal of wheat, or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, the fine and soft powder of any substance
  • transitive v. To grind and bolt; to convert into flour.
  • transitive v. To sprinkle with flour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete spelling of flower.
  • In mining, in the amalgamation process, the mercury is said to flour when it breaks up into fine globules, which, owing to the presence of some impurity, do not unite with the precious metal with which they are brought in contact.
  • To grind and bolt; convert into flour: as, to flour wheat.
  • To sprinkle with flour.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of flower (in the botanical and derived senses).
  • n. The finely ground meal of wheat or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, any vegetable or other substance reduced to a fine and soft powder: as, flour of emery; hop-flour.
  • n. A snow-like mass of finely crystallized saltpeter used in the manufacture of gunpowder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover with flour
  • v. convert grain into flour
  • n. fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain

Etymologies

Middle English, flower, best of anything, flour; see flower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spelled (until c.1830) and meaning "flower" in the sense of flour being the "finest part" of meal (Wiktionary)

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  • Taken at Yorktown, 300 barrels of flour. A week or two later, the official report had added another "276 barrels of flour weight 73,280 lb."

    October 29, 2007