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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′ey, flut′y adj.
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1. (Instruments) a wind instrument consisting of an open cylindrical tube of wood or metal having holes in the side stopped either by the fingers or by pads controlled by keys. The breath is directed across a mouth hole cut in the side, causing the air in the tube to vibrate. Range: about three octaves upwards from middle C
2. (Instruments) any pipe blown directly on the principle of a flue pipe, either by means of a mouth hole or through a fipple
3. (Architecture) architect a rounded shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column, pilaster, etc
4. a groove or furrow in cloth, etc
5. (Cookery) a tall narrow wineglass
6. anything shaped like a flute
7. to produce or utter (sounds) in the manner or tone of a flute
8. (tr) to make grooves or furrows in
[C14: from Old French flahute, via Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested); perhaps also influenced by Old Provençal laut lute; see flageolet]
ˈfluty, ˈflutey adj
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n., v. flut•ed, flut•ing. n.
1. a wind instrument with a high range, consisting of a tube with a series of fingerholes or keys in which the wind is directed against a sharp edge, either directly, as in the modern transverse flute, or through a flue, as in the recorder.
2. one of a series of long, usu. rounded grooves, as on the shaft of a column.
3. any groove or furrow, as in a ruffle of cloth or on a piecrust.
4. a stemmed glass with a tall, slender bowl, used esp. for champagne.v.i.
5. to produce flutelike sounds.
6. to play on a flute.v.t.
7. to utter in flutelike tones.
8. to form flutes or furrows in.
[1350–1400; Middle English floute < Middle French flaüte, flahute, fleüte < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *flabeolum. See flageolet]
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Past participle: fluted
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To make a decorative indented edging, e.g. around a pie crust.
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|Noun||1.||flute - 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|
fife - a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band
nose flute - a flute that is played by blowing through the nostrils (used in some Asian countries)
piccolo - a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute
|2.||flute - a tall narrow wineglass |
wineglass - a glass that has a stem and in which wine is served
|3.||flute - a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)|
|Verb||1.||flute - form flutes in|
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فُلُوتمِزْمار ، ناي
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vt column, pillar → kannelieren
vi (person, voice) → flöten
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flute[fluːt] n → flauto
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a type of high-pitched woodwind musical instrument. fluit مِزْمار ، ناي флейта flauta flétna die Flöte fløjte φλάουτοflauta flööt فلوت huilu flûteחליל बांसुरी flauta fuvola suling flauta flauto フルート 플루트 fleita flauta seruling fluitfløyteflet توله flauta flaut флейта flauta flavta flauta flöjt ขลุ่ย flüt 長笛 флейта بانسری ống sáo 长笛flutistflautist
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flute→ فُلُوت flétna fløjte Flöte φλάουτο flauta huilu flûte flauta flauto フルート 플루트 fluit fløyte flet flauta флейта tvärflöjt ขลุ่ย flüt ống sáo 长笛
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