flute

A flute is a thin woodwind instrument: you blow into it and put your fingers over the holes to make music.

There are many types of instruments, such as percussion, brass, and woodwind. One of the most popular woodwind instruments is the flute, which is thin and makes high-pitched sounds. The flute looks like a thin tube or pipe with a hole on each end and holes on the body: your fingers go up and down over the holes and you blow into the flute to make music. The word flute can also mean a groove in a column; fluted columns are common in classical Greek architecture.

Definitions of flute
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: transverse flute
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    fife
    a small high-pitched flute similar to a piccolo; has a shrill tone and is used chiefly to accompany drums in a marching band
    nose flute
    a flute that is played by blowing through the nostrils (used in some Asian countries)
    piccolo
    a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute
    type of:
    wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument
    any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
  2. noun
    a tall narrow wineglass
    synonyms: champagne flute, flute glass
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    type of:
    wineglass
    a glass that has a stem and in which wine is served
  3. noun
    a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)
    synonyms: fluting
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    type of:
    channel, groove
    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
  4. verb
    form flutes in
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    type of:
    crimp, pinch
    make ridges into by pinching together
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