Meaning of FLUTE in English


— flutelike , adj.

/flooht/ , n. , v. , fluted, fluting .


1. a musical wind instrument consisting of a tube with a series of fingerholes or keys, in which the wind is directed against a sharp edge, either directly, as in the modern transverse flute, or through a flue, as in the recorder.

2. an organ stop with wide flue pipes, having a flutelike tone.

3. Archit. , Furniture. a channel, groove, or furrow, as on the shaft of a column. See diag. under column .

4. any groove or furrow, as in a ruffle of cloth or on a piecrust.

5. one of the helical grooves of a twist drill.

6. a slender, footed wineglass of the 17th century, having a tall, conical bowl.

7. a similar stemmed glass, used esp. for champagne.


8. to produce flutelike sounds.

9. to play on a flute.

10. (of a metal strip or sheet) to kink or break in bending.


11. to utter in flutelike tones.

12. to form longitudinal flutes or furrows in: to flute a piecrust.

[ 1350-1400; ME floute flaüte, flahute, fleüte flaüt (perh. alter. of flaujol, flauja ) flabeolum. See FLAGEOLET, LUTE ]

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