\ ˈflüm How to pronounce flume (audio) \

Definition of flume

1 : an inclined channel for conveying water (as for power)
2 : a ravine or gorge with a stream running through it

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Synonyms for flume


canyon (also cañon), col, couloir, defile, gap, gill [British], gorge, gulch, gulf, kloof [South African], linn [chiefly Scottish], notch, pass, ravine, saddle

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Examples of flume in a Sentence

hiked through the flume and into the meadow beyond it built a flume next to the road for runoff

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After Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, the average wait time for the flume ride dropped to just under 21 minutes. Ben Poston, latimes.com, "Now’s the best time to visit Disneyland, as Star Wars land draws away crowds," 19 June 2019 But most log flumes forego storytelling and just stick to the ride experience. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "America's top log flume rides: Five of our favorites, from Splash Mountain to Ripsaw Falls," 17 June 2019 The city worked last week to widen a concrete flume that directs water through town. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 2019 Horeb Springs Aquatic Center The Horeb Spring Aquatic Center in Waukesha is an outdoor pool that features attractions such as two flume slides, zero depth entry, and 1- and 3-meter diving boards. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Looking to beat the heat this summer? You'll have to visit these 7 Milwaukee-area pools, splash pads and beaches.," 13 June 2019 Mirages rose from boulders, a flume of dream attached to real rock. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "True Mirages," 6 June 2019 The team set a flat surface of this foam in a flume that stretched 24 feet long and almost a foot across. Kevin Heiden, National Geographic, "Waterfalls can form in a surprising new way. Here's how.," 13 Mar. 2019 Some logs are floated as much as five miles in the flumes. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Sheep rancher Robert Allison began growing fruit trees in the area in the late 1800s and his son, Joseph, built a water flume to the area. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The Big Lemon turns 90," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of flume

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flume

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

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