fluting

[floo-ting]

noun

something having ornamental grooves, as a Greek column.
a groove, furrow, or flute, or a series of these.

Nearby words

  1. flustrated,
  2. flute,
  3. fluted,
  4. fluter,
  5. flutey,
  6. flutist,
  7. flutter,
  8. flutter kick,
  9. flutter mill,
  10. flutter wheel

Origin of fluting

First recorded in 1475–85; flute + -ing1

flute

[floot]

noun

a musical wind instrument consisting of a tube with a series of fingerholes or keys, in which the wind is directed against a sharp edge, either directly, as in the modern transverse flute, or through a flue, as in the recorder.
an organ stop with wide flue pipes, having a flutelike tone.
Architecture, Furniture. a channel, groove, or furrow, as on the shaft of a column.
any groove or furrow, as in a ruffle of cloth or on a piecrust.
one of the helical grooves of a twist drill.
a slender, footed wineglass of the 17th century, having a tall, conical bowl.
a similar stemmed glass, used especially for champagne.

verb (used without object), flut·ed, flut·ing.

to produce flutelike sounds.
to play on a flute.
(of a metal strip or sheet) to kink or break in bending.

verb (used with object), flut·ed, flut·ing.

to utter in flutelike tones.
to form longitudinal flutes or furrows in: to flute a piecrust.

Origin of flute

1350–1400; Middle English floute < Middle French flaüte, flahute, fleüte < Old Provençal flaüt (perhaps alteration of flaujol, flauja) < Vulgar Latin *flabeolum. See flageolet, lute1

Related formsflute·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fluting

fluting

noun

a design or decoration of flutes on a column, pilaster, etc
grooves or furrows, as in cloth

flute

noun

a wind instrument consisting of an open cylindrical tube of wood or metal having holes in the side stopped either by the fingers or by pads controlled by keys. The breath is directed across a mouth hole cut in the side, causing the air in the tube to vibrate. Range: about three octaves upwards from middle C
any pipe blown directly on the principle of a flue pipe, either by means of a mouth hole or through a fipple
architect a rounded shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column, pilaster, etc
a groove or furrow in cloth, etc
a tall narrow wineglass
anything shaped like a flute

verb

to produce or utter (sounds) in the manner or tone of a flute
(tr) to make grooves or furrows in
Derived Formsflutelike, adjectivefluty, adjective

Word Origin for flute

C14: from Old French flahute, via Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin flabeolum (unattested); perhaps also influenced by Old Provençal laut lute; see flageolet

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Word Origin and History for fluting
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Culture definitions for fluting

flute

A high-pitched woodwind, held horizontally by the player and played by blowing across a hole.

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