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Lute definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LUTE, n. [L. laudo.]
An instrument of music with strings. It consists of four parts, viz; the table, the body or belly which has nine or ten sides, the neck, which has nine or ten stops or divisions marked with strings, and the head or cross. In the middle of the table there is a passage for the sound. There is also a bridge to which the strings are fastened. The strings are struck with the right hand, and with the left the stops are pressed.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a substance for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid [syn: lute, luting]
2: chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear- shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French lut, from Old Occitan laut, from Arabic al-?d, 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. a guitar-like instrument with a long neck and a pear-shaped body, much used in the 14th-17th c. Etymology: ME f. F lut, leüt, prob. f. Prov. laüt f. Arab. al-' ud 2. n. & v. --n. 1 clay or cement used to stop a hole, make a joint airtight, coat a crucible, protect a graft, etc. 2 a rubber seal for a jar etc. --v.tr. apply lute to. Etymology: ME f. OF lut f. L lutum mud, clay

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lute Lute, v. i. To sound, as a lute. Piers Plowman. Keats.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lute Lute, v. t. To play on a lute, or as on a lute. Knaves are men That lute and flute fantastic tenderness. --Tennyson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lute Lute, n. [L. lutum mud, clay: cf. OF. lut.] 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 exposed to heat; -- called also luting. 2. A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc. 3. (Brick Making) A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mold.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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'?d; al the + '?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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lutes) A lute is a stringed instrument with a rounded body that is quite like a guitar and is played with the fingers. N-VAR: oft the N

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

lut (nebhel; thus the Revised Version (British and American); the King James Version viol (Isa 5:12)): Nebhel is rendered elsewhere by psaltery" or "viol." The lute was originally an Arabic instrument. It resembled a guitar, though with a longer and more slender neck. The name is derived from Arabic al'ood, with a of article elided; hence, Italian liuto; French luth.


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