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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He flew into a rage with him and brained him with his lute.
▪ Here too he started to write hymns which he would sing to his own accompaniment on a lute.
▪ She was aware of her body, realising that it was taut as a lute string with anticipation.
▪ The lute also provided the music for the game of musical chairs they played, with cushions laid in a row.
▪ The allure of pipes, of a lute, of a lyre, a flute.
▪ The classical mandolin -- as opposed to its slightly different bluegrass cousin -- looks like a stunted lute.
▪ The moon went behind a cloud, and Guy heard Blondel dear his throat and touch the strings of his lute.
▪ The second lute song, Essex's own poem, does not stand out unduly.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lute \Lute\, v. t. To play on a lute, or as on a lute.

Knaves are men That lute and flute fantastic tenderness.


Lute \Lute\, v. i. To sound, as a lute.
--Piers Plowman.


Lute \Lute\, n. [L. lutum mud, clay: cf. OF. lut.]

  1. (Chem.) A cement of clay or other tenacious infusible substance for sealing joints in apparatus, or the mouths of vessels or tubes, or for coating the bodies of retorts, etc., when exposed to heat; -- called also luting.

  2. A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc.

  3. (Brick Making) A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mold.


Lute \Lute\, n. [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. la['u]t, It. li['u]to, le['u]to, Sp. la['u]d, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. al`[=u]d; al the + `[=u]d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.] (Mus.) A stringed instrument formerly much in use. It consists of four parts, namely, the table or front, the body, having nine or ten ribs or ``sides,'' arranged like the divisions of a melon, the neck, which has nine or ten frets or divisions, and the head, or cross, in which the screws for tuning are inserted. The strings are struck with the right hand, and with the left the stops are pressed.


Lute \Lute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Luted; p. pr. & vb. n. Luting.] To close or seal with lute; as, to lute on the cover of a crucible; to lute a joint.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

stringed musical instrument, late 13c., from Old French lut, leut, from Old Provençal laut, from Arabic al-'ud, the Arabian lute, literally "the wood" (source of Spanish laud, Portuguese alaude, Italian liuto), where al is the definite article. A player is a lutist (1620s) or a lutanist (c.1600, from Medieval Latin hybrid lutanista).


Etymology 1 n. A fretted stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, having a bowl-shaped body or soundbox. vb. To play on a lute, or as if on a lute. Etymology 2

n. 1 Thick sticky clay or cement used to close up a hole or gap, especially to make something air-tight. 2 A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc. 3 (context brickmaking English) A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mould. vb. To fix or fasten something with lute.

  1. n. a substance for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid [syn: luting]

  2. chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard


'''Lute ''' can refer generally to any string instrument having the strings running in a plane parallel to the sound table (in the Hornbostel–Sachs system), more specifically to any plucked string instrument with a neck (either fretted or unfretted) and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes.

The European lute and the modern Near-Eastern oud descend from a common ancestor via diverging evolutionary paths. The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. It is also an accompanying instrument, especially in vocal works, often realizing a basso continuo or playing a written-out accompaniment. The player of a lute is called a lutenist, lutanist or lutist, and a maker of lutes (or any similar string instrument) is referred to as a luthier.

Lute (disambiguation)

A lute is a plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back.

Lute or El Lute may also refer to:

Lute (material)

Lute (from Latin Lutum, meaning mud, clay etc.) was a substance used to seal and affix apparatus employed in chemistry and alchemy, and to protect component vessels against heat damage by fire; it was also used to line furnaces. Lutation was thus the act of "cementing vessels with lute".

Lute (rapper)

Lute (born July 6, 1989), is an American rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina. He his signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. He released his first mixtape, West1996, on February 22, 2012. His debut album, West1996 pt. 2, is set to release in 2016.

Usage examples of "lute".

Griffeides, Orpheus with his lute of eight blue stars, Miraldra the Enchantress with blazing Fenim for her diadem, and low in the southeast the star-veils of Alastor Cluster.

I brought my lute so that I could accompany myself while I tell you my bathetic story.

Then to an accompaniment of lutes and theorbos and citherns moving above the pulse of muffled drums, a choir of maidens sang a song of welcome, strewing the path before the lords of Demonland and the Queen with sweet white hyacinths and narcissus blooms, while the ladies Mevrian and Armelline, more lovely than any queens of earth, waited at the head of the golden staircase above the inner court to greet Queen Sophonisba come to Galing.

Is it so hard being mistress of a grand castle that you covet a life in the wildwood with only your lute and gittern and pipes to sustain you?

This time the performance of the minstrels had been more boisterous than before, with tambourines and drums in lieu of gittern and lute.

He had grown tired of fighting with the lutenist all the time, of working so hard to accommodate a man whose lute playing was so undisciplined and whose skill with a blade remained so uncertain.

Mattheson, who wrote in the latter part of the eighteenth century, when the lute was still cultivated, said that a lutist of eighty years must have spent nearly sixty in tuning his instrument.

As he finished, he heard a familiar light tread coming up the stairs and turned to see Lys, with her lute in its leather case slung over her shoulder.

The Tourney Field was filled with harmonies played on sackbut and serpent, on ophicleide, gittern, and lute.

Not answering at once, Payn picked up a lute and lazily began plucking a tune.

During each display highly formal music was plucked from a lute by a gentleman from a clan different to that of the Phane owner.

The lute, the trombone, the pommer and the triangle were new acquisitions.

This was the best song the Fox had ever sung, from the Third and Last Booke of lute songs of John Dowland who had lived at the time of Shakespeare and whose music the Fox had remastered for the world of today.

Blade cursed him and swore he had missed his calling-instead of a mangy cutpurse he should have been a lying skald, setting his wild tales to music on a lute.

Is varied, one chime rings through all: One chime -- though I sing more or sing less, I have but one string to my lute, And it might have been better if, stringless And songless, the same had been mute.