from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringed instrument having a body shaped like a pear sliced lengthwise and a neck with a fretted fingerboard that is usually bent just below the tuning pegs.
- n. A substance, such as dried clay or cement, used to pack and seal pipe joints and other connections or coat a porous surface in order to make it tight. Also called luting.
- transitive v. To coat, pack, or seal with lute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fretted stringed instrument, similar to a guitar, having a bowl-shaped body or soundbox.
- v. To play on a lute, or as if on a lute.
- n. Thick sticky clay or cement used to close up a hole or gap, especially to make something air-tight.
- v. To fix or fasten something with lute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A packing ring, as of rubber, for fruit jars, etc.
- n. A straight-edged piece of wood for striking off superfluous clay from mold.
- transitive v. To close or seal with lute
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To sound, as a lute.
- transitive v. To play on a lute, or as on a lute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A medieval musical instrument, the type of the class which has strings stretched over a resonant body and a long fretted neck, and which is played by twanging or snapping the strings with the fingers.
- To play on or as on a lute.
- To play the lute.
- To sound sweetly, like a lute.
- n. A composition of clay or other tenacious substance used for stopping the joints of vessels, as in chemical operations or in founding, so closely as to prevent the escape or entrance of air.
- n. An external coating of clay, sand, or other substance applied to a glass retort, to enable it to support a high temperature without fusing or cracking.
- n. A brickmakers’ straight-edge, a tool used to strike off surplus clay from a brick-mold, and to level the molding-floor.
- n. A rubber packing-ring compressed between the lip and the lid of a jar to exclude the air.
- To close or coat with lute; smear with any adhesive substance for the purpose of closing cracks or joints.
- A Middle English form of lite .
- A Middle English form of lout .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a substance for packing a joint or coating a porous surface to make it impervious to gas or liquid
- n. chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard
Middle English, from Old French lut, from Old Provençal laut, from Arabic al-'ūd : al-, the + 'ūd, wood, branch, stem, lute.
Middle English, from Old French lut, from Latin lutum, potter's clay.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French lut (modern luth), from Old French leüt, probably from Old Provençal laüt, from Arabic العود (al-‘ūd, "wood") (probably representing an Andalusian Arabic or North African pronunciation). (Wiktionary)
From Old French lut, ultimately from Latin lutum ("mud"). (Wiktionary)