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Lute vs. Lyre

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  • Lute (noun)

    A fretted stringed instrument of European origin, similar to the guitar, having a bowl-shaped body or soundbox; any of a wide variety of chordophones with a pear-shaped body and a neck whose upper surface is in the same plane as the soundboard, with strings along the neck and parallel to the soundboard.

    "guitar"

  • Lute (noun)

    Thick sticky clay or cement used to close up a hole or gap, especially to make something air-tight.

  • Lute (noun)

    A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc.

  • Lute (noun)

    A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from earth.

  • Lute (verb)

    To play on a lute, or as if on a lute.

  • Lute (verb)

    To fix or fasten something with lute.

  • Lyre (noun)

    An ancient stringed musical instrument (a yoke lute chordophone) of Greek origin, consisting of two arms extending from a body to a crossbar (a yoke), and strings, parallel to the soundboard, connecting the body to the yoke.

  • Lyre (noun)

    A lyre-shaped sheet music holder that attaches to a wind instrument when a music stand is impractical.

  • Lyre (noun)

    A composer of lyric poetry.

Wiktionary
  • Lute (noun)

    a plucked stringed instrument with a long neck bearing frets and a rounded body with a flat front, rather like a halved egg in shape.

  • Lute (noun)

    liquid clay or cement used to seal a joint, coat a crucible, or protect a graft.

  • Lute (noun)

    a rubber seal for a jar.

  • Lute (verb)

    seal, join, or coat with lute

    "they were luted with a heavy coating of calcined chalk and eggshells"

  • Lyre (noun)

    a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece. Modern instruments of this type are found mainly in East Africa.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Lute (noun)

    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.

  • Lute (noun)

    A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc.

  • Lute (noun)

    A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mold.

  • Lute (noun)

    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.

  • Lute

    To close or seal with lute; as, to lute on the cover of a crucible; to lute a joint.

  • Lute

    To play on a lute, or as on a lute.

  • Lute (verb)

    To sound, as a lute.

  • Lyre (noun)

    A stringed instrument of music; a kind of harp much used by the ancients, as an accompaniment to poetry.

  • Lyre (noun)

    One of the constellations; Lyra. See Lyra.

Webster Dictionary
  • Lute (noun)

    a substance for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid

  • Lute (noun)

    chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard

  • Lyre (noun)

    a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment

Princeton's WordNet

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