- a deep narrow defile containing a mountain stream or torrent.
- an artificial channel or trough for conducting water, as one used to transport logs or provide water power.
- an amusement park ride in which passengers are carried in a boatlike or loglike conveyance through a narrow, water-filled chute or over a water slide.
- to transport in a flume.
- to divert (a stream) by a flume.
Origin of flume
Examples from the Web for flume
The flume, the ditch, and the wing-dam, are the chief tasks of the river-miner.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
Granger was attending to the flume which they had constructed.Murder Point
If that's lost the whole expedition will be up the flume, as we miners used to say.The Young Treasure Hunter
Frank V. Webster
A flume had to be constructed before it could again be used.Old Rail Fence Corners
"The flume has fallen and turned the river," said Christie hurriedly.Devil's Ford
- a ravine through which a stream flows
- a narrow artificial channel made for providing water for power, floating logs, etc
- a slide in the form of a long and winding tube with a stream of water running through it that descends into a purpose-built pool
- (tr) to transport (logs) in a flume
Word Origin and History for flume
late 12c., "stream," from Old French flum "running water, stream, river," from Latin flumen "flood, stream, running water," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent). In U.S., used especially of artificial streams channeled for some industrial purpose.