Definitions for: Flute


[n] a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
[n] a groove or furrow in cloth etc especially the shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column
[n] a tall narrow wineglass
[v] form flutes in



Webster (1913) Definition: Flute, n. [OE. floute, floite, fr. OF. fla["u]te,
flahute, flahuste, F. fl?te; cf. LL. flauta, D. fluit. See
Flute, v. i.]
1. A musical wind instrument, consisting of a hollow cylinder
or pipe, with holes along its length, stopped by the
fingers or by keys which are opened by the fingers. The
modern flute is closed at the upper end, and blown with
the mouth at a lateral hole.

The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.
--Pope.

2. (Arch.) A channel of curved section; -- usually applied to
one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate
columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See
Illust. under Base, n.

3. A similar channel or groove made in wood or other
material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.

4. A long French breakfast roll. --Simonds.

5. A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.

Flute bit, a boring tool for piercing ebony, rosewood, and
other hard woods.

Flute pipe, an organ pipe having a sharp lip or wind-cutter
which imparts vibrations to the column of air in the pipe.
--Knight.


Flute (fl[=u]t), n. [Cf. F. fl[^u]te a transport, D.
fluit.]
A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

Armed en fl[^u]te(Nav.), partially armed.


Flute, v. i. [OE. flouten, floiten, OF. fla["u]ter,
fle["u]ter, flouster, F. fl[^u]ter, cf. D. fluiten; ascribed
to an assumed LL. flautare, flatuare, fr. L. flatus a
blowing, fr. flare to blow. Cf. Flout, Flageolet,
Flatulent.]
To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.


Flute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fluted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Fluting.]
1. To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like
that of a flute.

Knaves are men, That lute and flute fantastic
tenderness. --Tennyson.

The redwing flutes his o-ka-lee. --Emerson.

2. To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle,
etc.

Synonyms: champagne flute, flute glass, fluting, transverse flute

See Also: channel, crimp, fife, groove, nose flute, piccolo, pinch, wineglass, wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument

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