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.
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.
A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.
A long French breakfast roll.
A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.
A kind of flyboat; a storeship.
To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.
To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute.
To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.
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
My real fantasy if I was to drop out would be to live in a mobile home and be a hippie and drive around festivals and have millions of children - children with dreadlocks and nose rings - and play the flute. Rachel Weisz