• 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
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fluted Decorated with flutes; channeled; grooved; as, a fluted column; a fluted ruffle; a fluted spectrum.
    • Fluted Thin; fine; clear and mellow; flutelike; as, fluted notes.
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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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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."
    • fluted In music, fine; clear and mellow; flute-like: as, fluted notes.
    • fluted Grooved; furrowed; ornamented or characterized by a series of flutes: as, a fluted column; a fluted ruffle.
    • fluted Specifically— In entomology, having parallel grooves or depressions running in a longitudinal direction.
    • fluted In armor, ornamented with ridges, corrugations, and the like, which in some cases added also to the utility of the piece as giving greater strength. Suits of armor of the sixteenth century, both Italian and German, are often richly fluted. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • adj Fluted ornamented with flutes, channels, or grooves
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fleüte; ety. dub.


In literature:

Lan Tsai Ho, who is also pictured as a woman, has a flute.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Even then she didn't kneel down, but clung to one of the tall, fluted posts that supported a canopy.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Do I too desire that others should hatch my eggs, content with flute-like notes of pleasure?
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Why, David has his harp, or flute, which comes to the same thing.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Nothing happened, however, and Tappy, regaining his composure, took out a little silver flute and started a lively tune.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
A piece of antique fluted pilaster now does duty as a base.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
My sister sings, while I accompany her upon my flute.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
On Saturday nights we'd sing and dance and we made our own instruments, which was gourd fiddles and quill flutes.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
If the composer had had a larger river in mind he would have used nine flutes.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
If I have any accomplishment, it is connected with music; and particularly with the management of the flute.
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin, Volume 1." by James Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

Then all a mist-streaked, sunny day
The long sea-islands lean to hear
A water harp that shallows play
To lull the beaches' fluted ear.
"Carolina Spring Song" by William Hervey Allen Jr
Sing sweet as the flute,
Sing clear as the horn,
Sing joy of the Stars
Come Christmas the morn!
Little Christ Jesus
Our Brother is born.
"Now Every Child" by Eleanor Farjeon
('If love were all–if love were all,'
The viols sobbed and cried,
'Then love were best whate'er befall!'
Low, low the flutes replied.)
"At the Comedy" by Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer
The freshman's lamp had long been dim,
The voice of busy day was mute,
And tortured Melody had ceased
Her sufferings on the evening flute.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Hearing thee flute, who pines or grieves
For vernal smiles and showers?
Thy voice is greener than the leaves,
And fresher than the flowers.
"A March Minstrel" by Alfred Austin
’Twas Jack-o’-Winter hailed it first,
But now more timid angels sing,
For what dull ear can fail to hear
Afar the fluting of the Spring?
"July" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Pearl Flute , Us Law Face Off at Saint-Cloud.
SUNY Potsdam's Crane Flute Ensemble featured in fall concert Oct 30.
SUNY Potsdam's Crane School will offer a fall concert featuring the Crane Flute Ensemble Tuesday, Oct 30 at 7:30 pm in Hosmer Concert Hall.
West Texas A&M University fills new music post with former flute student.
'Music on Main' concert features flute duo Oct 15.
New Jersey Workshop for the Arts in Westfield names flute ensemble director.
Flute master to share magic of Indian instrument.
A craftsman all his life, he went back to his shop and began making flutes .
It's been 23 years since the first day he picked up a flute , and he says it's been a very rewarding journey to see so many people appreciative for the flutes he creates out of wood and what it means in their lives.
Defending the Native American Flute .
"I'm actually the one who taught them to put their flutes together," Franck said.
Franck said she will perform "Anouchka, Quatuor de Flutes " by Pierre Paubon in a quartet with the students Monday night.
Charlotte resident Mark Thomas started out small when he created the National Flute Association back in 1972.
Seattle Opera's The Magic Flute .
MARTINSVILLE The First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville presents a second Spring Flute Recital by Kathryn Lukas, Professor of Flute at the Jacobs School of Music.

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