flume

[ floom ]
/ flum /

noun

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, flum·ing.

to transport in a flume.
to divert (a stream) by a flume.

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Origin of flume

1125–75; Middle English flum<Old French ≪ Latin flūmen stream
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British Dictionary definitions for flume

flume
/ (fluːm) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to transport (logs) in a flume

Word Origin for flume

C12: from Old French flum, ultimately from Latin flūmen stream, from fluere to flow
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