a deep narrow passage or mountain ravine with a stream flowing through it, often with great force: Hikers are warned to stay well clear of the flumes, especially during the spring thaw.
an artificial channel or trough for conducting water, as one used to transport logs or provide water power.
to transport in a flume.
to divert (a stream) by a flume.
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How to use flume in a sentence
Now trestle and fluming lay in bent, rent, and riven ruin at the bottom of the coulée.Desert Conquest | A. M. Chisholm
Halfway to the river they came upon the first evidence of dynamite in the form of a bit of wrecked fluming.Desert Conquest | A. M. Chisholm
The simplest way to arrange this will be by wooden surface troughs as used in the fluming scheme.The Dollar Hen | Milo M. Hastings
Sometimes these fluming companies are eminently successful; at others, their operations are a dead failure.The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 | Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
There is a gigantic project now on the tapis, of fluming the entire river for many miles, commencing a little above Rich Bar.The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 | Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
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
(tr) to transport (logs) in a flume
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