[flur-i-shing, fluhr-] /ˈflɜr ɪ ʃɪŋ, ˈflʌr-/
growing vigorously; thriving; prosperous:
a flourishing little business.
[flur-ish, fluhr-] /ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-/
verb (used without object)
to be in a vigorous state; thrive:
a period in which art flourished.
to be in its or in one’s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
to be successful; prosper.
to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
to make dramatic, sweeping gestures:
Flourish more when you act out the king’s great death scene.
to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
verb (used with object)
to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with:
a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
an act or instance of brandishing.
an ostentatious display.
a decoration or embellishment, especially in writing:
He added a few flourishes to his signature.
Rhetoric. a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
a trumpet call or fanfare.
a condition or period of thriving:
in full flourish.
(intransitive) to thrive; prosper
(intransitive) to be at the peak of condition
(intransitive) to be healthy: plants flourish in the light
to wave or cause to wave in the air with sweeping strokes
to display or make a display
to play (a fanfare, etc) on a musical instrument
(intransitive) to embellish writing, characters, etc, with ornamental strokes
to add decorations or embellishments to (speech or writing)
(intransitive) an obsolete word for blossom
the act of waving or brandishing
a showy gesture: he entered with a flourish
an ornamental embellishment in writing
a display of ornamental language or speech
a grandiose passage of music
an ostentatious display or parade
c.1300, “to blossom, grow,” from Old French floriss-, stem of florir “blossom, flower, bloom, flourish,” from Latin florere “to bloom, blossom, flower,” figuratively “to flourish, be prosperous,” from flos “a flower” (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of “thrive” is mid-14c. Meaning “to brandish (a weapon)” first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.
c.1500, “a blossom,” from flourish (v.). Meaning “ostentatious waving of a weapon” is from 1550s; that of “literary or rhetorical embellishment” is from c.1600.
[flouuh r, flou-er] /flaʊər, ˈflaʊ ər/ noun 1. the finely ground meal of grain, especially 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 […]
noun 1. a mill for grinding grain into flour.
- Flour mite
noun 1. any of several mites that infest flour and other stored organic materials and may be a serious pest; some may cause itching in persons handling infected material
- Flour moth
noun 1. a pyralid moth, Ephestia Kuehniella, the larvae of which are an important pest of flour mills and granaries