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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

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

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

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

I also always carry my flute. It's very important for me to try to relax when I'm travelling, and playing my flute helps me to unwind.
Andrea Bocelli
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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