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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. 2017.
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  • Tomlinson's flume, which would bring the water to the mine, was not finished yet.

    Delilah of the Snows Harold Bindloss
  • It is from this flume that the penstock draws water for the wheel.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • Over six other torrents the flume—here made of wood—had to be carried on strong iron bridges.

    Kashmir Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • I believe,” said I, “that the surface-water from above is showing the flow from the flume.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • A few months later, when the bank went up the flume, the cash balance found in the safe aggregated 80 cents.

    My Adventures with Your Money George Graham Rice
  • The flume, the ditch, and the wing-dam, are the chief tasks of the river-miner.

  • "We have achieved the flume, the Pool, and the Basin to-day," said he at length.

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

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • The flume is one of those rifts in the solid rock caused by some titanic force in ages long since.

  • She have land, and she have a part of the lake and a flume site.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
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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