Flour is a fine, powdery ingredient that's used to bake bread and cake and is made by grinding wheat or other grains. A traditional pound cake is made with a pound of flour.

You'll need flour when you bake almost anything, and while flour is usually made from wheat, you can also buy rice flour, corn flour, and may other kinds. When you sprinkle flour on the counter before kneading bread dough, you flour it. Flour comes from its homophone, flower, from the sense of "the finest or loveliest part of the meal," just as a flower is the finest part of a plant.

Definitions of flour

n fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain

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plain flour
flour that does not contain a raising agent
wheat flour
flour prepared from wheat
soy flour, soybean flour, soybean meal
meal made from soybeans
milled product of durum wheat (or other hard wheat) used in pasta
graham, graham flour, whole meal flour, whole wheat flour
flour made by grinding the entire wheat berry including the bran; (`whole meal flour' is British usage)
Type of:
food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

v cover with flour

flour fish or meat before frying it”
Type of:
cover before cooking

v convert grain into flour

Type of:
change the nature, purpose, or function of something

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