lute
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French lut, from Old Occitan laut, from Arabic al-‘ūd, literally, the wood Date: 13th century a stringed instrument having a large pear-shaped body, a vaulted back, a fretted fingerboard, and a head with tuning pegs which is often angled backward from the neck II. transitive verb (luted; luting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin lutare, from lutum mud — more at pollute Date: 14th century to seal or cover (as a joint or surface) with lute III. noun Date: 15th century a substance (as cement or clay) for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid

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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, 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… …   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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