Definition of flute
1 a : recorder 3 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: 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
flutelikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
fluteyplay \ˈflü-tē\ adjective
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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.
Origin and Etymology of flute
Middle English floute, from Anglo-French floute, fleute, from Old French flaüte, probably of imitative origin
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of flute
FLUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flute for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of flute for Students
: 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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