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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 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 McCourt said fitting Matimba with a flue-gas desulfurization plant wouldn’t considerably improve air quality. Antony Sguazzin, Bloomberg.com, "South Africa’s Worst Polluter Eskom Wants Emission Exemptions," 11 Dec. 2019 Moisture in the wood cools the fire, obviously, resulting in an incomplete burn and more woodsmoke up the flue. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide To Cutting and Splitting Firewood," 6 Nov. 2019 The plant in Cumberland City, Tennessee, near the Kentucky border, accounts for up to one-sixth of the wastewater released in the country from cleaning out coal plant flues, millions of gallons per day more than any other plant. Travis Loller, Twin Cities, "Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of flue

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flue

origin unknown

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“Flue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flue. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flue

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


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Kids Definition of flue

: an enclosed passage for smoke or air

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