KJV Dictionary Definition: flute


FLUTE, n. L. flo, flatus, to blow, or L. fluta, a lamprey, with the same number of holes.

1. A small wind instrument; a pipe with lateral holes or stops, played by blowing with the mouth, and by stopping and opening the holes with the fingers.

2. A channel in a column or pillar; a perpendicular furrow or cavity, cut along the shaft of a column or pilaster; so called from its resemblance to a flute. It is used chiefly in the Ionic order; sometimes in the Composite and Corinthian; rarely in the Doric and Tuscan. It is called also a reed.

3. A long vessel or boat, with flat ribs or floor timbers, round behind, and swelled in the middle; a different orthography of float, flota.

Armed in flute. An armed ship, with her guns of the lower tier and part of those of the upper tier removed, used as a transport, is said to be armed in flute.

FLUTE, v.i. To play on a flute.

FLUTE, v.t. To form flutes or channels in a column.


FLU'TED, pp. or a.

1. Channeled; furrowed; as a column.

2. In music, thin; fine; flutelike; as fluted notes.


FLU'TING, ppr. Channeling; cutting furrows; as in a column.

FLU'TING, n. A channel or furrow in a column; fluted work.