flute

noun
\ ˈflüt \

Definition of flute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a keyed woodwind instrument consisting of a cylindrical tube which is stopped at one end and which has a side hole over which air is blown to produce the tone and having a range from middle C upward for three octaves
2 : something long and slender: such as
a : a tall slender wineglass
b : a grooved pleat (as on a hat brim)
3 : a rounded groove specifically : one of the vertical parallel grooves on a classical architectural column

flute

verb
fluted; fluting

Definition of flute (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to play a flute
2 : to produce a flutelike sound

transitive verb

1 : to utter with a flutelike sound
2 : to form flutes in

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Noun

flute 1b

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from flute

Noun

flutelike \ ˈflüt-​ˌlīk \ adjective
fluty or flutey \ ˈflü-​tē \ adjective

Verb

fluter noun

Did You Know?

This is a woodwind instrument whose sound is produced by blowing against a sharp edge. Flutes may be end-blown, like the recorder, or may have a round shape, like the ocarina; however, the term usually refers to the transverse flute of Western music. The transverse flute, a tubular instrument held sideways to the right, appeared in Greece and Italy by the second century ce. By the 16th century, flutes with finger holes but no keys were in use in Europe. Keys began to be added in the late 17th century. Later 19th-century innovations resulted in the modern flute. The cylindrical tube may be made of wood or, more often, a precious metal or alloy. The flute family also includes the piccolo, the alto flute, and the rare bass flute.

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These Champagne flutes will be perfect for toasting to 2019. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "14 Vogue Editors Reveal Their Black Friday Wish Lists," 21 Nov. 2018 An alternative, old-school method is to use a straight-flute extractor. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Extract Those Pesky Stripped Screws," 8 Nov. 2018 In an important postscript, three retirements were announced: associate principal flute David Cramer, associate principal percussionist Anthony Orlando, and principal oboist Richard Woodhams. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Yannick and Grimaud connect like soul mates in Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No. 4'," 18 May 2018 Reminiscent of champagne flutes, these glasses make a difference in the taste and the enjoyment of sipping tequila. Elizabeth Karmel, The Seattle Times, "A dozen gifts for cooks and foodies," 4 Dec. 2018 Instead of the traditional bottles, Bubble Tap stays true to its name by pouring up flutes from kegs, which can serve the masses while keeping bubbles perfectly in tact. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "A Prosecco Trailer is the Latest Over-the-Top Party Essential," 5 Sep. 2018 With gongs, crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flute, didgeridoo, Celtic Harp, monochord, vibraphone. San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 24 May 2018 This propulsive, energetic work for string quartet, flute and clarinet/bass clarinet pits the instruments against each other, as well as in occasional harmony. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 Picosa features musicians on flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kendall went more glam, in a metallic mesh one-shoulder dress by Alexandre Vauthier that ruched at the waist and fluted out at the asymmetrical hem. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid Coordinate Their Looks in Paris," 27 Sep. 2018 The district is also helping the McHenry County Conservation District boost populations of creek heelsplitter and fluted-shell freshwater mussels in Nippersink Creek at Glacial Park in McHenry County. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Project works to boost number of mussels in Kane, McHenry counties," 2 May 2018 Grease a 9-inch round tart pan with removable bottom and fluted edges. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Lemon meringue pie is an old-fashioned but dreamy confection worth making," 22 Mar. 2018 Roll out, then cut 12 circles with a round, fluted biscuit cutter (Or use a glass). Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "A recipe and the cook behind it: Kat Cahill of Saundra's Kitchen," 28 Feb. 2018 The building's lavish decor includes antiqued mirrors, fluted paneling and, on the exterior, turquoise gold leaf and terra cotta tiles. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Update: Johnny Depp Has Sold Four Of His Five Los Angeles Penthouses," 29 Aug. 2017 That's going to be especially tough in this instance because the wide tower that supports the surge tank is circular in form and fluted with rounded ribs that stiffen its flanks. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Can the city and artist Sam3 create a public art masterpiece on a surge tank? (photos)," 27 Jan. 2018 The bright-green marble, white fluted plaster, gold-leafed walls, apple-green velvet banquets and curvaceous Saarinen chairs create a space outside of time. Damon Johnstun, OregonLive.com, "Paris-based designer's elegant work documented in new book 'Joseph Dirand Interior' (photos)," 2 Nov. 2017 Have ready an 11-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom (or a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan). Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie from Mustards Grill," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of flute

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flute

Noun

Middle English floute, from Anglo-French floute, fleute, from Old French flaüte, probably of imitative origin

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flute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flute

: a musical instrument that is shaped like a thin pipe and that is played by blowing across a hole near one end

: a tall, thin glass that is used for drinking champagne

flute

noun
\ ˈflüt \

Kids Definition of flute

: a woodwind instrument in the form of a slender tube open at one end that is played by blowing across a hole near the closed end

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