Flower Flow"er (flou"[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flowered} (flou"[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flowering}.] [From the noun. Cf. {Flourish}.] 1. To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers; as, this plant flowers in June. [1913 Webster]

2. To come into the finest or fairest condition. [1913 Webster]

Their lusty and flowering age. --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster]

When flowered my youthful spring. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer. [1913 Webster]

That beer did flower a little. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To come off as flowers by sublimation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Observations which have flowered off. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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