Meaning of FLUTE in English


I. ˈflüt, usu -üd.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English floute, from Middle French flaute, flahute, fleute, from Old Provençal flaut, perhaps alteration (influenced by laut lute) of flaujol, flauja, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin flabeolum — more at lute , flageolet

1. : a wind instrument stopped at one end with a vibrating air column used as a means of tone production:

a. : recorder

b. : an orchestral instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder with finger holes along its length, with a lateral hole for blowing into, and with a compass of three octaves up from the middle C — called also transverse flute

2. : flutist ; usually : a flute player in a band or orchestra

3. : any of various flute-shaped things: as

a. : a long French breakfast roll

b. or flute glass : a tall slender wineglass

c. : a long shuttle used in weaving tapestry

d. : a grooved or ridged pleat used especially in ruffles, edgings, or hat brims

e. : a groove (as in a reamer, twist drill, or tap) parallel or nearly parallel to the axis of a cylindrical piece

4. : a groove of curved section: as

a. : any of a series of vertical grooves used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture

b. : any of various similar ornamental grooves (as on furniture or silverware)

c. : one of the parallel grooves in corrugated board or glass (as in the lens of a headlight)


(1) : a natural groove or channel on a rock surface (as in a cave)

(2) flutes plural : scalloped or rippled rock surfaces — called also fluting

5. : a molder's tool for forming grooves

6. or flute stop : a flue pipe-organ stop of flute quality and of 8-foot or 4-foot pitch

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II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English flouten, from Middle French flauter, from flaute

intransitive verb

: to play on or as if on a flute : make a sound like that of a flute

transitive verb

1. : to play, whistle, or sing with a clear soft note like that of a flute

2. : to form flutes in (as the shaft of a column or the crust of a pie)

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Dutch fluit, literally, flute, from Middle Dutch flūte, fleute, floite, from Old French flaute, flahute, fleute — more at flute I

1. : a flyboat usually with a narrow cabin not projecting beyond the rudderhead

2. : a former partially armed naval transport

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