flute (plural flutes)
- (musical instruments) 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.
- (musical instruments, 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.
- 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
- French: flûte
- German: Flöte, Querflöte
- Italian: flauto, piffero, zufolo, flauto traverso (transverse flute), flauto di Pan (pan flute), flauto dolce (recorder)
- Portuguese: flauta
- Russian: фле́йта
- Spanish: flauta
- French: flûte, flûte à champagne
- German: Schaumweinglas, Sektglas, Champagnerglas, Tulpenglas, Kelch, Kelchglas, Flöte
- Italian: flute, calice, flûte, fluttino, calice a tromba
- Portuguese: flute
- Russian: фуже́р
- Spanish: copa de flauta
- French: cannelure
- German: Kannelierung, Kannelüre, Kannelur, Kannelierung, Nut, Rille
- Italian: scanalatura
- Portuguese: canelura, ranhura
- Russian: каннелю́ра
- Spanish: acanaladura, estría
flute (flutes, present participle fluting; past and past participle fluted)
- (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.).
- French: siffler, (uncommon) flûter
- German: pfeiffen
- Italian: zufolare (uncommon), pifferare (uncommon)
flute (plural flutes)