Definitions of flute

  1. To play on, or as on, a flute.
  2. To corrugate; crimp.
  3. To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute.
  4. To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.
  5. To sound a flute; form parallel grooves or channels in; as, to flute a ruffle.
  6. To form flutes or channels in.
  7. To form channels in.
  8. 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.
  9. To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.
  10. 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.
  11. To play the flute.
  12. To form flutes or channels in; to sound as a flute.
  13. To channel or furrow, as if with pipes.
  14. A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.
  15. A long French breakfast roll.
  16. A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.
  17. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.
  18. A musical wind- instrument furnished with finger- holes and keys; a long channel or groove cut in the shaft of a column; a similar groove formed for decoration in wood, cloth, etc.
  19. A musical pipe with finger holes and keys sounded by blowing; a channel, as on a pillar, called also FLUTING.
  20. A small tubular wind - instrument with holes along the sides.
  21. A groove, as in a column; a corrugation; crimping.
  22. A small wind instrument with fingerholes and keys; a furrow or channel cut along the shaft of a column or pilaster: any similar furrowing, as in a lady's ruffle.
  23. A long vessel or boat, with flat ribs or floor timbers.
  24. A small wind instrument consisting of a pipe with holes and keys.