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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Flute
Senses
  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."The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around." [Pope.]
  2. [Arch] 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.

Etymology: OE. floute floite, fr. OF. flaüte flahute flahuste, F. fl�te; cf. LL. flauta, D. fluit. See Flute (v. i.)

noun Flute
A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

Etymology: Cf. F. flûte a transport, D. fluit

verb Flute
To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.

Etymology: OE. flouten floiten, OF. flaüter fleüter flouster, F. flûter, cf. D. fluiten; ascribed to an assumed LL. flautare flatuare, fr. L. flatus a blowing, fr. flare to blow. Cf. Flout Flageolet Flatulent

verb Flute
Senses
  1. To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute."Knaves are men, That lute and flute fantastic tenderness." [Tennyson.]" The redwing flutes his o-ka-lee." [Emerson.]
  2. To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
  2. A groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)
  3. A tall narrow wineglass
  4. Form flutes in
Wiktionary

From Old French flaute, from Provençal flaut, ultimately from three possibilities:

  1. (music) 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.
  2. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  3. 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
  4. (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
  5. A long French bread roll.
  6. An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
  • Blend of Provencal flaujol (“flageolet”) + laut (“lute”)
  • From Latin flare (“to blow”)
  • Imitative.
  1. (music) 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.
  2. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  3. 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
  4. (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
  5. A long French bread roll.
  6. An organ stop with a flute-like sound.

Compare French flûte (“a transport”)?, Dutch fluit.

  1. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

    flute was also found in the following language(s): French and German

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    Ethnicity Flute U.S.
      White 11.54% 64.26%
      African American 17.69% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 62.56% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 5.38% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Flute

    • How Popular is the name Flute? As a last name Flute was the 53,072nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Flute first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Flute is Thursday, December 7th, 1882.
    • How unique is the name Flute? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Flute. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • How many people have the last name Flute? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 390 people with the last name Flute.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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