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Whistle vs. Flute

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Whistlenoun

A device designed to be placed in the mouth and blown, or driven by steam or some other mechanism, to make a whistling sound.

Flutenoun

(musical instruments) A woodwind instrument consisting of a tube with a row of holes that produce sound through vibrations caused by air blown across the edge of the holes, often tuned by plugging one or more holes with a finger; the Western concert flute, a transverse side-blown flute of European origin.

Whistlenoun

An act of whistling.

Flutenoun

A recorder, also a woodwind instrument.

Whistlenoun

A shrill, high-pitched sound made by whistling.

Flutenoun

A glass with a long, narrow bowl and a long stem, used for drinking wine, especially champagne.

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Whistlenoun

Any high-pitched sound similar to the sound made by whistling.

‘the whistle of the wind in the trees’;

Flutenoun

a lengthwise groove, such as one of the lengthwise grooves on a classical column, or a groove on a cutting tool (such as a drill bit, endmill, or reamer), which helps to form both a cutting edge and a channel through which chips can escape

Whistlenoun

(Cockney rhyming slang) A suit (from whistle and flute).

Flutenoun

A semicylindrical vertical groove, as in a pillar, in plaited cloth, or in a rifle barrel to cut down the weight.

Whistlenoun

(colloquial) The mouth and throat; so called as being the organs of whistling.

Flutenoun

A long French bread roll.

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Whistleverb

(ambitransitive) To make a shrill, high-pitched sound by forcing air through the mouth. To produce a whistling sound, restrictions to the flow of air are created using the teeth, tongue and lips.

‘Never whistle at a funeral.’; ‘She was whistling a happy tune.’;

Flutenoun

An organ stop with a flute-like sound.

Whistleverb

(intransitive) To move in such a way as to create a whistling sound.

‘A bullet whistled past.’;

Flutenoun

A shuttle in weaving tapestry etc.

Whistleverb

(transitive) To send, signal, or call by a whistle.

Flutenoun

A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

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Whistleverb

To make a kind of musical sound, or series of sounds, by forcing the breath through a small orifice formed by contracting the lips; also, to emit a similar sound, or series of notes, from the mouth or beak, as birds.

‘The weary plowman leaves the task of day,And, trudging homeward, whistles on the way.’;

Fluteverb

(intransitive) To play on a flute.

Whistleverb

To make a shrill sound with a wind or steam instrument, somewhat like that made with the lips; to blow a sharp, shrill tone.

Fluteverb

(intransitive) To make a flutelike sound.

Whistleverb

To sound shrill, or like a pipe; to make a sharp, shrill sound; as, a bullet whistles through the air.

‘The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar.’;

Fluteverb

(transitive) To utter with a flutelike sound.

Whistleverb

To form, utter, or modulate by whistling; as, to whistle a tune or an air.

Fluteverb

(transitive) To form flutes or channels in (as in a column, a ruffle, etc.); to cut a semicylindrical vertical groove in (as in a pillar, etc.).

Whistleverb

To send, signal, or call by a whistle.

‘He chanced to miss his dog; we stood still till he had whistled him up.’; ‘I 'ld whistle her off, and let her down the windTo prey at fortune.’;

Flutenoun

A musical wind instrument, consisting of a hollow cylinder or pipe, with holes along its length, stopped by the fingers or by keys which are opened by the fingers. The modern flute is closed at the upper end, and blown with the mouth at a lateral hole.

‘The breathing flute's soft notes are heard around.’;

Whistlenoun

A sharp, shrill, more or less musical sound, made by forcing the breath through a small orifice of the lips, or through or instrument which gives a similar sound; the sound used by a sportsman in calling his dogs; the shrill note of a bird; as, the sharp whistle of a boy, or of a boatswain's pipe; the blackbird's mellow whistle.

‘Might we but hearThe folded flocks, penned in their wattled cotes, . . . Or whistle from the lodge.’; ‘The countryman could not forbear smiling, . . . and by that means lost his whistle.’; ‘They fear his whistle, and forsake the seas.’;

Flutenoun

A channel of curved section; - usually applied to one of a vertical series of such channels used to decorate columns and pilasters in classical architecture. See Illust. under Base, n.

Whistlenoun

The shrill sound made by wind passing among trees or through crevices, or that made by bullet, or the like, passing rapidly through the air; the shrill noise (much used as a signal, etc.) made by steam or gas escaping through a small orifice, or impinging against the edge of a metallic bell or cup.

Flutenoun

A similar channel or groove made in wood or other material, esp. in plaited cloth, as in a lady's ruffle.

Whistlenoun

An instrument in which gas or steam forced into a cavity, or against a thin edge, produces a sound more or less like that made by one who whistles through the compressed lips; as, a child's whistle; a boatswain's whistle; a steam whistle (see Steam whistle, under Steam).

‘The bells she jingled, and the whistle blew.’;

Flutenoun

A long French breakfast roll.

Whistlenoun

The mouth and throat; - so called as being the organs of whistling.

‘So was her jolly whistle well ywet.’; ‘Let's drink the other cup to wet our whistles.’;

Flutenoun

A stop in an organ, having a flutelike sound.

Whistlenoun

the sound made by something moving rapidly or by steam coming out of a small aperture

Flutenoun

A kind of flyboat; a storeship.

Whistlenoun

the act of signalling (e.g., summoning) by whistling or blowing a whistle;

‘the whistle signalled the end of the game’;

Fluteverb

To play on, or as on, a flute; to make a flutelike sound.

Whistlenoun

acoustic device that forces air or steam against an edge or into a cavity and so produces a loud shrill sound

Fluteverb

To play, whistle, or sing with a clear, soft note, like that of a flute.

‘Knaves are men,That lute and flute fantastic tenderness.’; ‘The redwing flutes his o-ka-lee.’;

Whistlenoun

an inexpensive fipple flute

Fluteverb

To form flutes or channels in, as in a column, a ruffle, etc.

Whistleverb

make whistling sounds;

‘He lay there, snoring and whistling’;

Flutenoun

a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown

Whistleverb

move with, or as with, a whistling sound;

‘The bullets whistled past him’;

Flutenoun

a tall narrow wineglass

Whistleverb

utter or express by whistling;

‘She whistled a melody’;

Flutenoun

a groove or furrow in cloth etc especially the shallow concave groove on the shaft of a column

Whistleverb

move, send, or bring as if by whistling;

‘Her optimism whistled away these worries’;

Fluteverb

form flutes in

Whistleverb

make a whining, ringing, or whistling sound;

‘the kettle was singing’; ‘the bullet sang past his ear’;

Flutenoun

a wind instrument made from a tube with holes that are stopped by the fingers or keys, held vertically or horizontally (in which case it is also called a transverse flute) so that the player's breath strikes a narrow edge. The modern orchestral form is a transverse flute, typically made of metal, with an elaborate set of keys.

Whistleverb

give a signal by whistling;

‘She whistled for her maid’;

Flutenoun

an organ stop with wooden or metal flue pipes producing a tone similar to that of a flute.

Whistle

A whistle is an instrument which produces sound from a stream of gas, most commonly air. It may be mouth-operated, or powered by air pressure, steam, or other means.

Flutenoun

an ornamental vertical groove in a column.

Flutenoun

a trumpet-shaped frill on a dress or other garment.

Flutenoun

a tall, narrow wine glass

‘a flute of champagne’;

Fluteverb

play a flute or pipe.

Fluteverb

speak in a melodious way

‘‘What do you do?’ she fluted’;

Fluteverb

make flutes or grooves in.

Flute

The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

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