• Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti
    Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fluting a groove or furrow in cloth etc (particularly a shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sketch of a Flute Player Sketch of a Flute Player
Coolies listening to man playing a flute Coolies listening to man playing a flute
A man plays a flute A man plays a flute

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest single-word name of a place on Earth is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipuakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. This place is a Moari name for a hill in New Zealand and consists of 85 letters. By the way, the name means “The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played on the flute to his loved one."
    • n Fluting Decoration by means of flutes or channels; a flute, or flutes collectively; as, the fluting of a column or pilaster; the fluting of a lady's ruffle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The oldest musical instrument is probably the flute. It's been discovered that primitive cave dwellers made an instrument from bamboo or some other small hollow wood.
    • n fluting The act of playing on the flute, or the sound made by such playing; a flute-like sound.
    • n fluting The act of forming a groove or furrow.
    • n fluting A groove or furrow; fluted work; a flute: as, the flutings of a column, or of a woman's ruffle.
    • n fluting One of the longitudinal channels in a screw-tap by which a cutting edge is given to the thread.
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  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Touch not the flute when drums are sounding around; when fools have the word, the wise will be silent.”


In literature:

He played the violin, and I used to take my flute, and Clara played the piano, and Johanna used to sing Bohemian songs.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
It was with a flute that the poet Goldsmith starved his way through France.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
There was a rattle of cups and saucers and the hissing of a fluted Georgian urn.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
During his war experiences, whether in the field or in prison, he studied poetry and played the flute.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
It had been called the "House of the Flutes" since the beginning of time.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
Her eyes spoke, her lips spoke, but the sound of violins and of flutes drowned the sound of her voice.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
They are not the soft sounds of the flute or of the hautboy that I hear, but the sweeter notes of Nature's own music.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
Not a hair moved on the wet temples of the women, and the fluted lappets of their head-dresses fell limp behind their backs.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Contrariwise, the flute was being played more and more slowly.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
The lower third of the columns, which is not fluted, is painted red.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Nan, meanwhile, produced the flute.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Mozart's Concerto for flute and harp (in C) given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
I have enough Will for two, and she would be the flute in the hands of the artist.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Cones they looked like, rather, with rounded tops and fluted walls.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Length of flutes measured from basal concavity: 1st flute, after flaking of striking platform for 2nd flute, 47 mm.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
The flute playing was admirable both in execution and tone; Mr. Bridges supped with me.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Its full and flute-like tones appeared to me extremely pleasing.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
But I was ruined by a flute!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 391, May, 1848" by Various
These quaint-looking flute-trumpets, although blown through a mouth-tube somewhat similar to that of the trumpet, have finger-holes like a flute.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel

In poetry:

Sing, while the maple's deepest root
Thrills with a pulse of fire
That lights its buds. Blow, blow thy tender flute,
Thy reed of rich desire!
"An Early Bluebird" by Maurice Thompson
Be neither song, nor game, nor feast;
Nor harp be touch'd, nor flute be blown;
No dance, no motion, save alone
What lightens in the lucid east
"In Memoriam A. H. H.: 105." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Now I would give (such is my need)
All the world's store of rhythm and rhyme
To see Pan fluting on a reed
And with his goat-hoof keeping time!
"Written On A Fly-Leaf Of The Thocritus" by Maurice Thompson
'Till, soft as if Apollo blew
For me the sweet Thessalian flute,
I heard a sound which made me mute,
And more than singing thrilled me through.
"Love's Footsteps" by Frances Fuller Victor
Jess and Jill can trill and sing
With a flute-like voice,
Dance as light as bird on wing,
Laugh for careless joys:
Yet it's I who wear the ring.
"A Ring Posy" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
How sweet to find a leafy nook,
When bees are out, and Day burns mute,
Where you may hear a passion’d brook
Play past you, like a mellow flute!
"To - -" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke , and made.
Music Academy of the West to receive NEA Grant for its production of "The Magic Flute".
' And, true to form, Burgundy played a mean jazz flute while doing so.
Ferrell made a surprise, in-character appearance on 'Conan' to regale the audience with a flute solo and declare a deal with Paramount Pictures.
McNeese State University will present a band concert featuring the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir and the Pride of McNeese Cowboy Marching Band on Nov 27.
Cambia Flute Ensemble, the region's premier flute quartet, will present a Christmas benefit concert benefiting the Interfaith Hospitality Networks of Johnson City and Kingsport.
Julie Scolnik of Andover plays the flute during a recent concert, accompanied by Ya Fei Chuang.
Composer Phillip Thomas, has written a flute quartet, "The Wissahickon at Dusk", for the Winter Harbor Music Festival on August 16th.
Donovan she started playing the flute in the fifth grade.
O beloved (O bien aimee) Jonathan Keeble, flute Ann Yeung, harp Albany 1185.
Musical scores for Vivaldi's flute concerto "Il Gran Mogol" are seen in a photo released October 7.
Lastly, we encounter Da Vinci 's artistic and musical sides, with a modified "double flute" and a portable piano.
Community delivers delightful 'Magic Flute'.
Displays showing intricate silk scarves and bamboo flutes decorate tables and walls.
Kendra Moseley, right, plays the flute with the Benton Concert Band during rehearsal for their upcoming "Sounds of the Season" concert Wednesday at Benton High School.

In science:

FIG. 3: (Color online.) Flute – musical note recognition.
"Memory foam" approach to unsupervised learning
Flute surfaces were first considered by Basma jian as examples of the simplest sort of hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type. A flute surface has a single infinite end.
The geometry at infinity of a hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type
Flute surfaces on which the asymptotic geometry displays more diverse behavior than that exhibited by untwisted flutes can be constructed by gluing together untwisted flutes of the first kind that have been sliced open along their canonical Dirichlet geodesics.
The geometry at infinity of a hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type