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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ One was playing a flute, the other a guitar.
▪ In his spare hours, he played the flute and read a great deal of poetry.
▪ He played baseball and hockey, attempted to play the flute - without success!
▪ He has taught himself to paint, to write music, play the flute, to write.
▪ He played the flute very well.
▪ Tom made love like he played the flute, with slow, studied precision.
▪ The more often you play the flute, the better you will get.
▪ Although once a rarity, the alto flute is now frequently found in modern orchestras.
▪ Some feel that it is the movement of the flute which fascinates it.
▪ The most popular instrument was the piano, followed by the flute and then the guitar.
▪ You can not imagine the glorious effect of a symphony with flutes, oboes and clarinets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Flute \Flute\, v. i. [OE. flouten, floiten, OF. fla["u]ter, fle["u]ter, flouster, F. fl[^u]ter, cf. D. fluiten; ascribed to an assumed LL. flautare, flatuare, fr. L. flatus a blowing, fr. flare to blow. Cf. Flout, Flageolet, Flatulent.] To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.


Flute \Flute\, n. [OE. floute, floite, fr. OF. fla["u]te, flahute, flahuste, F. fl?te; cf. LL. flauta, D. fluit. See Flute, v. i.]

  1. A musical wind instrument, consisting of a hollow cylinder or pipe, with holes along its length, stopped by the fingers or by keys which are opened by the fingers. The modern flute is closed at the upper end, and blown with the mouth at a lateral hole.

    The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.

  2. (Arch.) A channel of curved section; -- usually applied to one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See Illust. under Base, n.

  3. A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.

  4. A long French breakfast roll.

  5. A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.

    Flute bit, a boring tool for piercing ebony, rosewood, and other hard woods.

    Flute pipe, an organ pipe having a sharp lip or wind-cutter which imparts vibrations to the column of air in the pipe.


Flute \Flute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fluted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fluting.]

  1. To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute.

    Knaves are men, That lute and flute fantastic tenderness.

    The redwing flutes his o-ka-lee.

  2. To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.


Flute \Flute\ (fl[=u]t), n. [Cf. F. fl[^u]te a transport, D. fluit.] A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

Armed en fl[^u]te(Nav.), partially armed.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "to play upon the flute," from flute (n.). Meaning "to make (architectural) flutes" is from 1570s. Related: Fluted; fluting.


early 14c., from Old French flaut, flaute (musical) "flute" (12c.), from Old Provençal flaut, which is of uncertain origin; perhaps imitative or from Latin flare "to blow" (see blow (v.1)); perhaps influenced by Provençal laut "lute." The other Germanic words (such as German flöte) are likewise borrowings from French.\n

\nAncient flutes were direct, blown straight through a mouthpiece but held away from the player's mouth; the modern transverse or German flute developed 18c. The older style then sometimes were called flûte-a-bec (French, literally "flute with a beak"). 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.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context musical instruments English) A woodwind instrument consisting of a metal, wood or bamboo tube with a row of circular holes and played by blowing across a hole in the side of one end or through a narrow channel at one end against a sharp edge, while covering none, some or all of the holes with the fingers to vary the note played. 2 A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne. 3 a lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/classical%20order, or a groove on a cutting tool (such as a drill bit,, or, which helps to form both a cutting edge and a channel through which can escape 4 (context architecture firearms English) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight. 5 A long French bread roll. 6 An organ stop with a flute-like sound. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To play on a #Noun. 2 (context intransitive English) To make a flutelike sound. 3 (context transitive English) To utter with a flutelike sound. 4 (context transitive English) To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, et

  3. ); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.). Etymology 2

    n. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.


v. form flutes in

  1. n. a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown [syn: transverse flute]

  2. a tall narrow wineglass [syn: flute glass, champagne flute]

  3. a groove or furrow in cloth etc especially the shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column [syn: fluting]


Flûte (from the cognate French for flute) can refer to :

  • a type of Baguette bread
  • a naval ship en flûte
Flute (song)

"Flute" is a song by Australian electronic DJ and record production duo New World Sound and Thomas Newson. The song was released in Australia as a digital download in November 2013 through Doorn Records, Spinnin Records and Ministry of Sound Australia. The song was written and produced by New World Sound and Thomas Newson. The song has charted in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Switzerland.


The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel–Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones.

A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, flautist, flutist or, less commonly, fluter or flutenist.

Flutes are the earliest extant musical instruments. A number of flutes dating to about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Jura region of present-day Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe. Flutes, including the famous Bansuri, have been an integral part of Indian classical music since 1500 BC. A major deity of Hinduism, Krishna, has been associated with the flute.

Flute (disambiguation)

A flute is a musical instrument.

Flute can also refer to:

  • Champagne flute, stemware used to drink champagne
  • Fluyt, a type of ship
  • Flüte is a French naval expression of the Age of Sail to designate a warship used as a transport, with a reduced armament.
  • Francis Flute, a Shakespearean character
  • Sébastien Flute (born 1972), French archer
  • Flutes, certain pipes on a pipe organ
  • Flute (cutting tool), the grooves on a drill bit
  • Flute (glacial), a glacial landform
  • Flute Summit (British Columbia), Canada
  • Flute, the secondary of a two-stage thermonuclear weapon
  • Fluting (paper), the corrugated paper core of corrugated fiberboard
  • Flute (song), a song by New World Sound and Thomas Newson
Flute (glacial)

A glacial flute is a landform created by the movement of a glacier around a boulder. They are long ridges on the ground parallel to the movement. Examples can be found in many places including Iceland, Alaska and Canada.

As glaciers move along the surface of the earth, rocks are slowly mixed in with the ice. Rocks may reach the bottom of the glacier and begin to scrape along the earth. Eventually boulder sized rocks become lodged in the ground. Once the boulder is in place, the glacier flows around it. As a result, a cavity is formed on the down slope side of the boulder. This cavity is then filled with sediments such as till and outwash. Similar cavities can also be formed as the glacier moves over bedrock outcrops or bed irregularities which also may form flutes.

These mounds are usually only a couple of metres high but hundreds of metres long. They are named flutes as their long and narrow shape resembles the musical instrument.

Usage examples of "flute".

The crimson orange Tequila Sunrise sky was laced with smokestacks of Aeonian fluted columns, burning pyres for the wretched landscapes.

He forgot the Valley of the ashes at Exxon Petrochemical of the Damned, Dow Chemical, Texaco refinery, and standing hundreds of feet in the air atop the big iron ironclad tanks that he thought were once swimming pools for the gods to match the fluted Aeonian smokestack.

The Llano complex, in turn, is lumped into a large group of archeological remains that also includes younger artifact assemblages characterized by projectile points similar in form but lacking the diagnostic flutes.

It also requires that even older archeological remains must exist from which the later distinctive fluted point technology developed.

Marsh of Charlotte, nothing as grand as Belvidere, of course, but it has a fine pedimented entrance porch supported by fluted Doric columns, and it is quite suitable for a town-dwelling attorney of modest means and no pretensions to aristocracy.

Observing that she delighted in music, he betook himself to the study of that art, and, by dint of application and a tolerable ear, learned of himself to accompany her with a German flute, while she sung and played upon the harpsichord.

Pan pipes, reed flutes, and birdcalls were infused in the vibrations to combine nature with man-made percussion sounds.

Watchers have spoken of this thing, and the Other Gods have grunted as they rolled and tumbled mindlessly to the sound of thin flutes in the black ultimate void where broods the daemon-sultan whose name no lips dare speak aloud.

And from it he began to produce bottles--little fat bottles containing powders, small and slender bottles containing coloured and white fluids, fluted blue bottles labeled Poison, bottles with round bodies and slender necks, large green-glass bottles, large white-glass bottles, bottles with glass stoppers and frosted labels, bottles with fine corks, bottles with bungs, bottles with wooden caps, wine bottles, salad-oil bottles--putting them in rows on the chiffonnier, on the mantel, on the table under the window, round the floor, on the bookshelf--everywhere.

Flute edged her way over to where Claribel was at the centre of a group of several of the young doctors and signified her intention of going home.

Martin himself preferred more serious music and was very familiar with the likes of Telemann and the flute concerti of Mozart and Haydn.

Concerto in D for flute filled the small car causing Desis One and Two to look at each other in disapproval and Pinkus to breathe steadily, deeply, for a few moments of peace.

The distant love-song of the flute seemed to Domini the last touch of enchantment making this indeed a wonderland.

At a little distance, under a big banana tree, and half hidden by clumps of scarlet geraniums, Domini saw a huge and very ugly Arab, with an almost black skin, squatting on his heels, with a long yellow and red flute between his thick lips.

The orchestra consisted of one lira doppia, one clavicembalo, one chitarrone and two flutes.