flue

noun
\ ˈflü How to pronounce flue (audio) \

Definition of flue

: an enclosed passageway for directing a current: such as
a : a channel in a chimney for conveying flame and smoke to the outer air
b : a pipe for conveying flame and hot gases around or through water in a steam boiler
c : an air channel leading to the lip of a wind instrument

Examples of flue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fermentation process releases carbon dioxide, which is captured in a large flue, then sent by pipeline to a wellhead. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 Prisoners held at the Nazi concentration and extermination camp hid the trove in a chimney flue in Block 17, reports BBC News. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Auschwitz Renovations Unearth Prisoners’ Hidden Trove of Tools," 21 May 2020 Also clean the flues of wood-burning and solid-fuel stoves. oregonlive, "Spring cleaning: Easy fixes before heading back to work," 28 May 2020 Also clean the flues of wood-burning and solid-fuel stoves. oregonlive, "Spring cleaning: Easy fixes before heading back to work," 28 May 2020 Check the flue before each fire by rolling a lit sheet of newspaper inside your fireplace. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Light a Fire in Your Fireplace," 20 Apr. 2020 In order to maintain a safe chimney, your chimney flue should be cleaned and inspected annually by a licensed professional. cleveland, "More fires in the home occur during winter says Avon Lake Fire Department," 7 Mar. 2020 Also clean the flues of wood-burning and solid-fuel stoves. oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020 Once in the chimney, Harley's jacket and glasses were pushed from the chimney, through a flue, and into the second floor of the house. Holly Yan, CNN, "Police believe a 14-year-old who vanished on his way to school has been found dead in a chimney," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of flue

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flue

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“Flue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flue. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for flue

flue

noun
How to pronounce flue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of flue

: a channel or pipe in a chimney for carrying flame and smoke to the outer air

flue

noun
\ ˈflü How to pronounce flue (audio) \

Kids Definition of flue

: an enclosed passage for smoke or air

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