Definition of Flute

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Transverse Flute
Specialized synonyms: Fife, Nose Flute, Piccolo
Generic synonyms: Wood, Woodwind, Woodwind Instrument
Derivative terms: Flautist, Flutist

2. Verb. Form flutes in.
Generic synonyms: Crimp, Pinch
Derivative terms: Fluting

3. Noun. A tall narrow wineglass.
Exact synonyms: Champagne Flute, Flute Glass
Generic synonyms: Wineglass

4. Noun. A groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column).
Exact synonyms: Fluting
Generic synonyms: Channel, Groove

Definition of Flute

1. n. 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.

2. n. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

3. v. i. To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.

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

Definition of Flute

1. Noun. (context: musical instruments) 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. ¹

2. Noun. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne. ¹

3. Noun. A helical groove going up a drill bit which allows the drilled out material to come up out of the hole as it's drilled. ¹

4. Noun. (architecture firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove in a pillar, or a similar groove in a rifle barrel used to cut down the weight. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To play on a flute. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To make a flutelike sound. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound. ¹

8. Verb. (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.). ¹

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Definition of Flute

1. to play on a flute (a woodwind instrument) [v FLUTED, FLUTING, FLUTES]

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Literary usage of Flute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"It is also called Traverse flute, German flute, and D flute. ... The piccolo or octave flute sounds an octave higher than the ordinary flute. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The upper extremity of the flute, beyond the embouchure orifice, is closed by means of a cork stopper. On the position of this cork depends, ..."

3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"always tell which flute he intends to be used, fur he terms the Common flute ... Scarcely ever does he leave open which flute is to be employed ; there is, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Musical Terms: Containing Upwards of 9,000 English, French by Theodore Baker (1895)
"Together with the octave-flute or piccolo it forms an incomplete family, ... Its powerful and mellow tone (more reedy than that of the old flute), ..."

5. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"THE flute belongs to the class of wood-wind instruments without ... The flute consists of a tube open at the lower end and nominally closed at the upper, ..."

6. Organ Registration: A Comprehensive Treatise on the Distinctive Quality of by Everett Ellsworth Truette (1919)
"Coupler Vox Humana and Gedeckt with 16 Oboe and flute 4 ft. Cornopean and flute 4 ft. Salicional or Viol d'Orchestre and flute 4 ft. Voix Celeste and flute ..."

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