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Definition of Flute


  1. 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. A channel of curved section; -- usually applied to one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See Illust. under Base, n.
  3. A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.
  4. A long French breakfast roll.
  5. A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.
  6. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.
  7. To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.
  8. To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute.
  9. To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.

Flute Quotations

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Khalil Gibran

Ours was a very progressive Protestant family, but my parents were God-loving rather than God-fearing. We went to church, and I still go with my mum and dad when I return home - it's a family thing. I played flute in my dad's marching band, but I had an integrated upbringing. We had a lot of Catholic friends.
James Nesbitt

I do not consider my self as having mastered the flute, but I get a real kick out of trying.
James Galway

I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and having just discovered the answer to the last problem in a British cryptic crossword.
Olivia De Havilland

I used to play flute and clarinet at school, and although I wasn't thinking about making a living or getting a pay cheque, I already knew I was going to play music all my life.
Nile Rodgers
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Flute Translations

flute in Afrikaans is fluit
flute in Dutch is fluit
flute in Finnish is huilu
flute in Hungarian is furulya
flute in Italian is flauto
flute in Portuguese is flauta
flute in Spanish is flauta
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