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  • adj. with all or some of her cannons removed.

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Borrowed from French en flûte; the empty ports on the hull of the ship look like the holes in a flute.

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  • (adj.) Naval term during Napoleonic and Revolutionary wars denoting a warship sailing without some, or any, of its cannons.

    June 27, 2009