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

First recorded in 1475–85; flute + -ing1


  1. 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.
  2. an organ stop with wide flue pipes, having a flutelike tone.
  3. Architecture, Furniture. a channel, groove, or furrow, as on the shaft of a column.
  4. any groove or furrow, as in a ruffle of cloth or on a piecrust.
  5. one of the helical grooves of a twist drill.
  6. a slender, footed wineglass of the 17th century, having a tall, conical bowl.
  7. a similar stemmed glass, used especially for champagne.
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verb (used without object), flut·ed, flut·ing.
  1. to produce flutelike sounds.
  2. to play on a flute.
  3. (of a metal strip or sheet) to kink or break in bending.
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verb (used with object), flut·ed, flut·ing.
  1. to utter in flutelike tones.
  2. to form longitudinal flutes or furrows in: to flute a piecrust.
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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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Related Words for fluting

medium, means, tunnel, route, carrier, avenue, trench, blare, hiss, gully, duct, strait, course, slit, pass, ditch, chase, canal, gouge, aqueduct

Examples from the Web for fluting

Historical Examples of fluting

  • The fluting of the Doric column will thus be finished in the style appropriate to it.

    Ten Books on Architecture


  • Alice smiled but went on fluting the edge of an apple pie with a fork.

    Chicken Little Jane

    Lily Munsell Ritchie

  • Sliding with the tide, he heard it fluting in the bosom of the hills.

  • The fluting does not look like its ornament, but its drapery.

  • Not for her the intricacies of starching and skillful ironing and fluting.

British Dictionary definitions for fluting


  1. a design or decoration of flutes on a column, pilaster, etc
  2. grooves or furrows, as in cloth
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  1. 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
  2. any pipe blown directly on the principle of a flue pipe, either by means of a mouth hole or through a fipple
  3. architect a rounded shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column, pilaster, etc
  4. a groove or furrow in cloth, etc
  5. a tall narrow wineglass
  6. anything shaped like a flute
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  1. to produce or utter (sounds) in the manner or tone of a flute
  2. (tr) to make grooves or furrows in
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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



late 14c., "to play upon the flute," from flute (n.). Meaning "to make (architectural) flutes" is from 1570s. Related: Fluted; fluting.

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early 14c., from Old French flaute (12c.), from Old Provençal flaut, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative or from Latin flare "to blow;" perhaps influenced by Provençal laut "lute." The other Germanic words (cf. German flöte) are likewise borrowings from French.

Ancient flutes were blown through a mouthpiece, like a recorder; the modern transverse or German flute developed 18c. The older style then sometimes were called flûte-a-bec (French, literally "flute with a beak"). The modern design and key system of the concert flute were perfected 1834 by Theobald Boehm. The architectural sense of "furrow in a pillar" (1650s) is from fancied resemblance to the inside of a flute split down the middle. Meaning "tall, slender wine glass" is from 1640s.

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fluting in Culture


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

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