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[floom] /flum/
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.
verb (used with object), flumed, fluming.
to transport in a flume.
to divert (a stream) by a flume.
Origin of flume
1125-75; Middle English flum < Old FrenchLatin flūmen stream Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for flume
Historical Examples
  • The flume, the ditch, and the wing-dam, are the chief tasks of the river-miner.

  • Granger was attending to the flume which they had constructed.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • 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.

  • And what's the use of the gold in the ground when the flume isn't there to work it out?

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • "I never heard Mr. Munroe say that the flume was wrong," said Jessie quickly.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • "The flume has fallen and turned the river," said Christie hurriedly.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • "We have achieved the flume, the Pool, and the Basin to-day," said he at length.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • The 'boat' is built like the flume, V shaped, and fits into the flume.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
  • We were a wet lot when we reached the terminus of the flume.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for flume


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
(transitive) to transport (logs) in a flume
Word Origin
C12: from Old French flum, ultimately from Latin flūmen stream, from fluere to flow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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