Definition of fluting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflo͞odiNG/


1Sound reminiscent of that of a flute: the silvery fluting of a blackbird
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  • The male, beautifully patterned in buttercup-yellow and jet black, may first reveal his presence by glorious fluting.
  • An aura of mystery weaves a pattern blended with the unheard of melody of fluting.
  • The warm, glowing drone of Oliveros' accordion breathes its way through a patchwork of chimes and the gentle fluting of the whistlebuoys.
2A groove or set of grooves forming a surface decoration: a hollow stem with vertical flutings pieces decorated with fluting
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  • Two broken minarets over the main arch resemble the Qutb in their flutings.
  • In it is a niche, wherein the statue of St. Canice stood, and inverted stone cones with eight grooves, or flutings, for holy water.
  • The red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 14.32 m at its base to 2.75 m in diameter at its peak, and alternating in angular and rounded flutings.


Reminiscent of the sound of a flute: the golden, fluting voice filled the room
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  • The fledgling let out an odd, fluting sound, and then his eyes squeezed closed.
  • He sighed and began to walk in the Cow's direction when a low, fluting voice reached his ears.
  • Sometimes, towards the end of February, walking across a boggy area where heather gave way to rushes and reed grasses, I would be startled by an eerie throbbing, bleating sound rising to a soft, fluting crescendo.

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Syllabification: flut·ing

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