What does lute mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lute, lutingnoun

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

  2. lutenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lutenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  2. Lutenoun

    a packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  3. Lutenoun

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

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  4. Luteverb

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

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  5. Lutenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  6. Luteverb

    to sound, as a lute. Piers Plowman. Keats

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

  7. Luteverb

    to play on a lute, or as on a lute

    Etymology: [OF. leut, F. luth; skin to Pr. lat, It. lito, leto, Sp. lad, Pg. alaude; all fr. Ar. ald; al the + d wood, timber, trunk or branch of a tree, staff, stick, wood of aloes, lute or harp.]

Freebase

  1. Lute

    Lute can refer generally to any string instrument having the strings running in a plane parallel to the sound table, more specifically to any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back, or more specifically to an instrument from the family of European lutes. The European lute and the modern Near-Eastern oud both descend from a common ancestor via diverging evolutionary paths. The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was the most important instrument for secular music in the Renaissance. It is also an accompanying instrument, especially in vocal works, often realizing a basso continuo or playing a written-out accompaniment. The player of a lute is called a lutenist, lutanist, "lewtist" or lutist, and a maker of lutes is referred to as a luthier.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lute

    lūt, n. a medieval stringed instrument of music like the guitar.—v.i. to play on the lute.—ns. Lut′anist, Lut′er, Lut′ist, a player on a lute; Lute′string, the string of a lute. [O. Fr. lut (Fr. luth); like Ger. laute, from Ar. al, the, ‛úd, wood, the lute.]

  2. Lute

    lūt, n. a composition used to exclude air, as round pipe-joints: a brickmaker's straight-edge scraper: a rubber packing-ring for a jar.—v.t. to close or coat with lute.—adjs. Lutā′rious, Lū′teous, of or like mud.—n. Lutā′tion.—adj. Lū′tose, miry. [L. lutum, from luĕre, to wash.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lute in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lute in a Sentence

  1. Bhartrihari:

    Hark! here the sound of lute so sweet, And there the voice of wailing loud; Here scholars grave in conclave meet, There howls the brawling drunken crowd; Here, charming maidens full of glee, There, tottering, withered dames we see. Such light! Such shade! I cannot tell, If here we live in heaven or hell.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun.

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