flume

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noun \ˈflüm\

Definition of flume

  1. 1 :  an inclined channel for conveying water (as for power)

  2. 2 :  a ravine or gorge with a stream running through it

Examples of flume in a Sentence

  1. hiked through the flume and into the meadow beyond it

  2. built a flume next to the road for runoff

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Origin and Etymology of flume

probably from Middle English flum river, from Anglo-French, from Latin flumen, from fluere — more at fluid



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