flute

[floot]
noun
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.
Architecture, 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 especially for champagne.
verb (used without object), fluted, fluting.
8.
to produce flutelike sounds.
9.
to play on a flute.
10.
(of a metal strip or sheet) to kink or break in bending.
verb (used with object), fluted, fluting.
11.
to utter in flutelike tones.
12.
to form longitudinal flutes or furrows in: to flute a piecrust.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English floute < Middle French flaüte, flahute, fleüte < Old Provençal flaüt (perhaps alteration of flaujol, flauja) < Vulgar Latin *flabeolum. See flageolet, lute

flutelike, adjective
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flute (fluːt)
 
n
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
 
vb
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 flageolet]
 
'flutelike
 
adj
 
'fluty
 
adj

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flute
late 14c., from O.Fr. flaute, from O.Prov. flaut, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative or from L. flare "to blow;" perhaps influenced by Prov. laut "lute." The other Germanic words (cf. Ger. flöte) are likewise borrowings from French. Ancient flutes were blown through a mouthpiece, like a recorder;
the modern transverse or German flute developed 18c. The modern design and key system of the concert flute were perfected 1834 by Theobald Boehm. The architectural sense of "furrow in a pillar" (1650s) is from fancied resemblance to the inside of a flute split down the middle. Meaning "tall, slender wine glass" is from 1640s. The verb is recorded from late 14c. in sense "to play upon the flute;" meaning "to make (architectural) flutes" is from 1570s. Related: Fluted; fluting.
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flute definition


A high-pitched woodwind, held horizontally by the player and played by blowing across a hole.

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Bible Dictionary

Flute definition


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.

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Example sentences for flutelike
In addition, giraffes will grunt, snort, hiss, or make strange flutelike sounds.
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