flue

1
[floo]
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noun
  1. a passage or duct for smoke in a chimney.
  2. any duct or passage for air, gas, or the like.
  3. a tube, especially a large one, in a fire-tube boiler.
  4. Music.
    1. flue pipe.
    2. Also called windway.a narrow slit in the upper end of an organ pipe through which the air current is directed.

Origin of flue

1
1555–65; earlier flew, perhaps representing Old English flēwsa a flowing, the form flews being taken as plural
Can be confusedflew flu flue

flue

2
[floo]
noun
  1. downy matter; fluff.

Origin of flue

2
1580–90; perhaps to be identified with Old English flug- (in flugol swift, fleeting); akin to fly1. Compare Low German flug

flue

3

or flew

[floo]
noun
  1. a fishing net.

Origin of flue

3
1350–1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net
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Related Words for flue

duct, chimney, vent, tube, channel, passage

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British Dictionary definitions for flue

flue

1
noun
  1. a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
  2. music the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set upSee also flue pipe

Word Origin for flue

C16: of unknown origin

flue

2
noun
  1. loose fluffy matter; down

Word Origin for flue

C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy

flue

3

flew

noun
  1. a type of fishing net

Word Origin for flue

Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe

flue

4
noun
  1. another word for fluke 1 (def. 1), fluke 1
Derived Formsflued, adjective
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Word Origin and History for flue
n.

"smoke channel in a chimney," 1580s, perhaps related to 15c. word meaning "mouthpiece of a hunting horn," or perhaps from Old English flowan "to flow," and/or Old French fluie "stream."

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