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noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a high-pitched musical instrument of the woodwind family, consisting of a long slender tube of wood or metal with finger holes or keys along it, that is played by blowing into a mouthpiece at one end or across a hole near one end.
The flute became a popular jazz instrument in the 1950s.The shepherd boy amused himself by playing a wooden flute.
definition 2: one of a number of vertical concave channels or grooves, incised esp. on architectural columns and the like.
definition 3: an indentation, groove, or furrow, as in pleated cloth or along the edge of a pie crust.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: flutes, fluting, fluted
definition 1: to play a flute.
definition 2: to sing or whistle with a flutelike sound.
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to play on a flute.
definition 2: to sing (a phrase or song) with a flutelike tone.
definition 3: to make grooves or furrows in.
Flute the edges of the pie crust with your fingers and thumb.We use this tool to flute the surface of the glass.
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