lute definition by Webster's New World
an old stringed instrument related to the guitar, with a body shaped like half a pear and six to thirteen strings stretched along the fretted neck, which is often bent to form a sharp angle
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French lut ; from Old French leüt ; from ProvenÃ§al läut ; from Arabic alʼūd, literally , the wood
, transitive verb luted, luting
to play (on) a lute
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a clayey cement used to keep the joints of pipes from leaking and as a sealing agent generally
Origin: Old French lut ; from Classical Latin lutum, mud, clay ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, dirt from source Classical Greek lyma, filth, Old Irish loth, dirt
transitive verb luted, luting
to seal with lute
lute definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French lut, from Old Provençal laut, from Arabic al-‘ūd : al-, the + ‘ūd, wood, branch, stem, lute.
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 verb lut·ed
To coat, pack, or seal with lute.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French lut, from Latin lutum, potter's clay.