Lute Lute, n. [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. la['u]t, It. li['u]to, le['u]to, Sp. la['u]d, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. al`[=u]d; al the + `[=u]d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.] (Mus.) A stringed instrument formerly much in use. It consists of four parts, namely, the table or front, the body, having nine or ten ribs or ``sides,'' arranged like the divisions of a melon, the neck, which has nine or ten frets or divisions, and the head, or cross, in which the screws for tuning are inserted. The strings are struck with the right hand, and with the left the stops are pressed. [1913 Webster]

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  • lute — lute …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • lute — lute; lute·string; ob·vo·lute; res·o·lute·ly; res·o·lute·ness; un·lute; bal·lute; ab·so·lute; con·vo·lute; di·lute; evo·lute; in·vo·lute; pol·lute; res·o·lute; rev·o·lute; sa·lute; vo·lute; con·vo·lute·ly; di·lute·ly; di·lute·ness;… …   English syllables

  • Lute — Lute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Luted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Luting}.] To close or seal with lute; as, to lute on the cover of a crucible; to lute a joint. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lute — Lute, v. t. To play on a lute, or as on a lute. [1913 Webster] Knaves are men That lute and flute fantastic tenderness. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lute — Lute, v. i. To sound, as a lute. Piers Plowman. Keats. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lute — lute1 [lo͞ot′] n. [ME < MFr lut < OFr leüt < Prov läut < Ar alʼūd, lit., the wood] an old stringed instrument related to the guitar, with a body shaped like half a pear and six to thirteen strings stretched along the fretted neck,… …   English World dictionary

  • Lute — Lute, n. [L. lutum mud, clay: cf. OF. lut.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Chem.) A cement of clay or other tenacious infusible substance for sealing joints in apparatus, or the mouths of vessels or tubes, or for coating the bodies of retorts, etc., when… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • luté — luté, ée (lu té, tée) part. passé de luter. Un vase bien luté …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lute — (n.) stringed musical instrument, late 13c., from O.Fr. lut, leut, from O.Prov. laut, from Arabic al ud, the Arabian lute, lit. the wood (source of Sp. laud, Port. alaude, It. liuto), where al is the definite article. A player is a lutist (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lute — Lute, eine Art Kitt, s.d. 1) A) d) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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