Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


1. Music
a. A high-pitched woodwind instrument consisting of a slender tube closed at one end with keys and finger holes on the side and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown. Also called transverse flute.
b. Any of various similar reedless woodwind instruments, such as the recorder.
c. An organ stop whose flue pipe produces a flutelike tone.
a. Architecture A long, usually rounded groove incised as a decorative motif on the shaft of a column, for example.
b. A similar groove or furrow, as in a pleated ruffle of cloth or on a piece of furniture.
3. A tall narrow wineglass, often used for champagne.
v. flut·ed, flut·ing, flutes
1. Music To play (a tune) on a flute.
2. To produce in a flutelike tone.
3. To make flutes in (a column, for example).
1. Music To play a flute.
2. To sing, whistle, or speak with a flutelike tone.

[Middle English floute, from Old French flaute, from Old Provençal flaüt, perhaps a blend of flaujol, flageolet (from Vulgar Latin *flābeolum; see flageolet) and laut, lute; see lute1.]

flut′er n.
flut′ey, flut′y adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Architecture) (esp of the shaft of a column) having flutes
2. sounding like a flute
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈflu tɪd)

having grooves: a fluted column.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


adjective grooved, channelled, furrowed, corrugated the fluted wooden post of the porch
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


[ˈfluːtɪd] ADJ (Archit) → estriado, acanalado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


adj column, pillarkanneliert; border, edgebogenförmig; fluted glass(Sekt)flöte f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
A maid, in white fluted cap, offered the callers liqueur, coffee, or chocolate, as they might desire.
It was a large, double cottage, with a broad front veranda, whose round, fluted columns supported the sloping roof.
It is an airy and a beautiful structure, and each of its eight stories is encircled by fluted columns, some of marble and some of granite, with Corinthian capitals that were handsome when they were new.
It is more news that fluted pumpkin is a good blood tonic.
Sir, unfortunately it sounds as if you purchased a box of PolyCase's new Sport Utility Ammo rather than the load with the fluted ARX bullet.
As with other experiments, I started with a large sample of new button-rifled barrels from reputable custom manufacturers and sent half out to be fluted while building the others into temporary uppers.
A study was conducted to compare the growth and evaluation of some harvested parts of fluted pumpkin plants.
Corrugated cardboard is a paper-based material consisting of a fluted corrugated sheet and one or two flat linerboards.
The HDD Fluted Reamer by Ballantine has a compact design, which increases angle and reduces weight.
Unlike the previous generation of horizontally fluted BIB cartons, the 30ga1.
I stated something that I (and I suspect many of my colleagues as well), have said many times before: A fluted barrel is stiffer than a non-fluted one.