noun Pathology.
a murmuring or blowing sound heard on auscultation.

1875–80; < French; see soufflé

souffle, soufflé. Unabridged


[soo-fley, soo-fley]
a light baked dish made fluffy with beaten egg whites combined with egg yolks, white sauce, and fish, cheese, or other ingredients.
a similar dish made with fruit juices, chocolate, vanilla, etc., and served as dessert.
Also, souffléed. puffed up; made light, as by beating and cooking.
verb (used with object), souffléed, souffléing.
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.

1805–15; < French, noun use of past participle of souffler to blow, puff < Latin sufflāre to breathe on, blow on

souffle, soufflé. Unabridged
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souffle (ˈsuːfəl)
med a blowing sound or murmur heard in auscultation
[C19: from French, from souffler to blow]

soufflé (ˈsuːfleɪ)
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
3.  made light and puffy, as by beating and cooking
[C19: from French, from souffler to blow, from Latin sufflāre]

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Word Origin & History

1813, from Fr. soufflé, noun use of pp. of souffler "puff up," from L. sufflare, from sub- "under, up from under" + flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)).
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souffle souf·fle (sōō'fəl, sōō'flə)
A soft blowing sound heard on auscultation.

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Example sentences
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.
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