flute vs fluting what difference

what is difference between flute and fluting



  • enPR: floo͞t, IPA(key): /fluːt/
  • Rhymes: -uːt

Etymology 1

From Middle English fleute, floute, flote, from Old French flaute, from Provençal flaut, of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately from three possibilities:

  • Blend of Provencal flaujol (flageolet) + laut (lute)
  • From Latin flātus (blowing), from flāre (to blow)
  • Imitative.

Doublet of flauta and fluyt.


flute (plural flutes)

  1. (music) A woodwind instrument consisting of a tube with a row of holes that produce sound through vibrations caused by air blown across the edge of the holes, often tuned by plugging one or more holes with a finger; the Western concert flute, a transverse side-blown flute of European origin.
  2. (music, colloquial) A recorder, also a woodwind instrument.
  3. A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.
  4. A lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a classical column, or a groove on a cutting tool (such as a drill bit, endmill, or reamer), which helps to form both a cutting edge and a channel through which chips can escape
  5. (architecture, firearms) A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.
  6. A long French bread roll, baguette.
  7. An organ stop with a flute-like sound.
  8. A shuttle in weaving tapestry etc.
  • (as a specific instrument, a transverse, side-blown flute): Western concert flute
  • (as a general category of musical instruments): edge-blown aerophone
  • (music): fipple, labium
Derived terms
  • Irish: fliúit
  • Welsh: ffliwt
Related terms
  • flageolet
See also
  • bansuri
  • 1999. How to Love Your Flute: A Guide to Flutes and Flute Playing. Mark Shepard. Pg. 6.


flute (third-person singular simple present flutes, present participle fluting, simple past and past participle fluted)

  1. (intransitive) To play on a flute.
  2. (intransitive) To make a flutelike sound.
    • 1895, S. R. Crockett, A Cry Across the Black Water
      The green turf was velvet underfoot. The blackbirds fluted in the hazels there.
  3. (transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound.
  4. (transitive) To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).
Related terms
  • champagne flute
  • flautist
  • fluted (adjective)

Etymology 2

Compare French flûte (a transport)?, Dutch fluit.


flute (plural flutes)

  1. A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

Further reading

  • flute on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Flute in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)



  • IPA(key): /flyt/


flute f (plural flutes)

  1. Post-1990 spelling of flûte.

Further reading

  • “flute” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).




  1. inflection of fluten:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative



From flûte, from French flûte, from Old French fleüte, from Old Occitan flaut.


  • IPA(key): /ˈflut/
  • Hyphenation: flù‧te


flute m (plural flute)

  1. flute (type of glass)
    Synonyms: flûte, fluttino




  1. present participle of flute


fluting (not comparable)

  1. Making a sound like a flute.


fluting (plural flutings)

  1. (architecture) A decoration consisting of parallel, normally vertical, flutes (grooves) incised into the surface.
  2. The act of making such grooves.
  3. A flute-like sound.
  4. (fashion) A fluted pleat; a small, rounded or pressed pleat used as trimming on a garment.


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