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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.
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also flut•ey

(ˈflu ti)

adj. flut•i•er, flut•i•est.
having the clear, mellow tone and high pitch of a flute.
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[ˈfluːtɪ] ADJ [tone] → aflautado
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adj (+er) voiceflötend
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He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking-bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence.
The conversation at the table mixed in with his phantasmal orchestra till he thought: "What a fluty voice one of those milkmaids has!
' And thy mother,' he said (as if that was quite a different thing) in a tearful, fluty, quivering voice which was a compliment to mothers in itself.
Likewise, a "fluty" voice may stand in contrast to a brass accompaniment.
Further to this point, Hardy contributes a wry, touchingly modest cameo--and exhibits an unexpectedly fluty singing voice--as a taxi driver with an innocent serial-killer fascination who's made overly defensive by nervy passengers.
And as time passed, we came to revere this park: the curious look of earth pushing out big pours of boiling water; the spring light on the sage fields of Lamar; the fluty ring of bugling elk in the fall.
Abdou HM, Fluty M (2004) Simulation of water flow and solute transport in free-drainage lysimeters and field soils with heterogeneous structures.
Their fluty song carries a good distance on a summer's day, and the flash of bright yellow will set the heart of any birder racing.
It only made sense to branch out and offer a responsible means for us and our clients to dispose of end-of-life electronics equipment, as well as ensure that their data wasn't compromised during the process,” said Scott Fluty, Chief Executive Officer and President at Computer Connection.
Fluty has not attempted to take on the task of accounting for video recordings, although audio issues from soundtracks are included.
An extensive profile expounds on the themes of early coverage of Mitchell: Time magazine referred to her as a "freckle-faced girl with straight waist-long blonde hair who doesn't seem to care about her new wealth." This reading of her appearance was a fitting counterpart to the interpretation of her sound, a "fluty, vanilla-fresh voice with a haunting, pastoral quality." The spartan instrumentation and introverted voice communicated "a country girl's cool-eyed reaction to urban life" ("Into the Pain of the Heart").