|1.||a wind instrument consisting of an open cylindrical tube of wood or metal having holes in the side stopped either by the fingers or by pads controlled by keys. The breath is directed across a mouth hole cut in the side, causing the air in the tube to vibrate. Range: about three octaves upwards from middle C|
|2.||any pipe blown directly on the principle of a flue pipe, either by means of a mouth hole or through a fipple|
|3.||architect a rounded shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column, pilaster, etc|
|4.||a groove or furrow in cloth, etc|
|5.||a tall narrow wineglass|
|6.||anything shaped like a flute|
|7.||to produce or utter (sounds) in the manner or tone of a flute|
|8.||(tr) to make grooves or furrows in|
|[C14: from Old French flahute, via Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested); perhaps also influenced by Old Provençal laut lute; see |
A high-pitched woodwind, held horizontally by the player and played by blowing across a hole.
a musical instrument, probably composed of a number of pipes, mentioned Dan. 3:5, 7, 10, 15. In Matt. 9:23, 24, notice is taken of players on the flute, here called "minstrels" (but in R.V. "flute-players"). Flutes were in common use among the ancient Egyptians.