Transverse flutes are medium-long, thin, and hollow. Most modern flutes are made of silver or other metals. They are comprised of 3 parts: A headjoint, a midjoint, and a footjoint. The headjoint holds the mouthpiece. The midjoint has nearly all the keys. The footjoint contains the rest of the keys. At first glance, the keys on a flute may seem overwhelming and confusing, but after a year or two of practice, you will understand them. A special extra joint can also be purchased to aid a flute in playing lower notes.
Flutes are in concert pitch, meaning that when playing a band, you do not need to transpose.
Flutes are the only woodwind with sound produced by the vibration of air, as opposed to a reed. Because of this, experienced or moderately-experience flautists can play very beautiful tones. However, inexperienced flutists can end up sounding squeaky or harsh.
As other definitions say flutes can make excellent weapons, although I prefer the long, thin, blunt object approach. The many holes from the keys do not lend the flute well to a blowgun.
If you play flute, you are very cool!
A flutes range varies on the experience of the person playing it.
A flute is concert pitch, which means you don't have to transpose
Anyway flutes are generally made out of metal (silver, nickel, gold, platinum, alloys, etc) although Baroque flutes are often made out of wood. Flutes can play lower than most people expect.
Did I mention it's prettyful?
Females AND males can play it. And yes, straight males. Some of the best floutists are STRAIGHT males.
So stop hatin on us, 'cause you're just jealous. At least we're not obnoxious like damn trumpeteers.
Dizi -China, Transverse
Shakuhachi -Japan, End-blown
Kena -Ande's region, End-blown
Bansuri -India, Transverse