- Blend of Provencal flaujol (“flageolet”) + laut (“lute”)
- From Latin flātus (“blowing”), from flāre (“to blow”)
flute (plural flutes)
- (music) A woodwind instrument consisting of a tube with a row of holes that produce sound through vibrations caused by air blown across the edge of the holes, often tuned by plugging one or more holes with a finger; the Western concert flute, a transverse side-blown flute of European origin.
- 1709, Alexander Pope, January and May:
- The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.
- (music, colloquial) A recorder, also a woodwind instrument.
- A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
- a lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a classical column, or a groove on a cutting tool (such as a drill bit, endmill, or reamer), which helps to form both a cutting edge and a channel through which chips can escape
- (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
- A long French bread roll, baguette.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Simmonds to this entry?)
- An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
- A shuttle in weaving tapestry etc.
- (as a specific instrument, a transverse, side-blown flute): Western concert flute
- (as a general category of musical instruments): edge-blown aerophone
helical groove going up a drill bit
architecture: vertical groove in a pillar
- 1999. How to Love Your Flute: A Guide to Flutes and Flute Playing. Mark Shepard. Pg. 6.
- (intransitive) To play on a flute.
- (intransitive) To make a flutelike sound.
- (transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- “Oh, there's my precious Poppet,” said Phyllis, as a distant barking reached the ears. “He's asking for his dinner, the sweet little angel. All right, darling, Mother's coming,” she fluted, and buzzed off on the errand of mercy.
- (transitive) To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).
to play flute
to make a flutelike sound
to utter with flutelike sound
to form flutes
flute (plural flutes)
flute f (plural flutes)
- Alternative spelling of
This spelling was a product of the 1990 French spelling reforms.
- “flute” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- inflection of :
flute m (plural flute)
- flute (type of glass)