Meaning of flour

flour

Pronunciation: (flour, flou'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. the finely ground meal of grain, esp. the finer meal separated by bolting.
  2. the finely ground and bolted meal of wheat, as that used in baking.
  3. a finely ground, powdery foodstuff, as of dehydrated potatoes, fish, or bananas.
  4. a fine, soft powder: flour of emery.
—v.t.
  1. to make (grain or the like) into flour; grind and bolt.
  2. to sprinkle or dredge with flour: Flour the chicken before frying.
—v.i.
  1. (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.
  2. to disintegrate into minute particles.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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