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souffle

[soo-fuh l] /ˈsu fəl/
noun, Pathology
1.
a murmuring or blowing sound heard on auscultation.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < French; see soufflé
Can be confused
souffle, soufflé.

soufflé

[soo-fley, soo-fley] /suˈfleɪ, ˈsu fleɪ/
noun
1.
a light baked dish made fluffy with beaten egg whites combined with egg yolks, white sauce, and fish, cheese, or other ingredients.
2.
a similar dish made with fruit juices, chocolate, vanilla, etc., and served as dessert.
adjective
3.
Also, souffléed. puffed up; made light, as by beating and cooking.
verb (used with object), souffléed, souffléing.
4.
to make (food) puffed up and light, as by beating and cooking, adding stiffly beaten egg whites, etc.; make resemble a soufflé:
to soufflé leftover mashed potatoes.
Origin
1805-15; < French, noun use of past participle of souffler to blow, puff < Latin sufflāre to breathe on, blow on
Can be confused
souffle, soufflé.
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Examples from the web for souffle
  • The allure of bigger ratios has prompted manufacturers to bake this specification into a full-fledged nonsense soufflé.
  • Before the era of decoupling, you could no more make matter clump together by gravity than you could make a soufflé in a tornado.
  • Weightman here as elsewhere in the review is too anxious to press his point, and the result is a pancake instead of a soufflé.
British Dictionary definitions for souffle

souffle

/ˈsuːfəl/
noun
1.
(med) a blowing sound or murmur heard in auscultation
Word Origin
C19: from French, from souffler to blow

soufflé

/ˈsuːfleɪ/
noun
1.
a very light fluffy dish made with egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites combined with cheese, fish, etc
2.
a similar sweet or savoury cold dish, set with gelatine
adjective
3.
made light and puffy, as by beating and cooking
Word Origin
C19: from French, from souffler to blow, from Latin sufflāre
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Word Origin and History for souffle
n.

light dish, sometimes savory but usually sweet, 1813, from French soufflé, noun use of past participle of souffler "to puff up," from Latin sufflare, from sub- "under, up from under" (see sub-) + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).

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souffle in Medicine

souffle souf·fle (sōō'fəl, sōō'flə)
n.
A soft blowing sound heard on auscultation.

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