\ 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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hiked through the flume and into the meadow beyond it built a flume next to the road for runoff
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the Magic Kingdom ride had another mishap when one of the flume logs started to sink and take on water. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Disney’s Splash Mountain Evacuated After Ride Breaks Down 'Just Before the Drop'," 15 Sep. 2020 The new nine-minute long flume ride is set to tell the story of what happens after The Princess and the Frog film. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Reason Why Disney Is Changing Splash Mountain's Song and Theme," 26 June 2020 Earnings at the Magic Kingdom are dropping faster than a sinking log flume. CBS News, "Disney lost $4.7 billion in third quarter as coronavirus closed attractions," 4 Aug. 2020 The incident occurred on Sunday when a log flume at the popular Magic Kingdom attraction started to take on water towards the end of the ride. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Splash Mountain Log Flume at Disney World Sinks Under Water During Ride in Viral Video," 3 Aug. 2020 The log flume ride is based on the 1946 movie Song of the South, a live-action/animation hybrid centered around Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus books. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Reason Why Disney Is Changing Splash Mountain's Song and Theme," 26 June 2020 The log flume adventure is based on the film, Song of the South, which depicts a young white boy who meets a kind storyteller named Uncle Remus, who is black. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Disney's Splash Mountain ride to ditch controversial theme for Princess and the Frog reboot," 25 June 2020 The log flume ride originally opened in Disneyland in July 1989 before versions also opened at Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland in October 1992. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Disney parks reimagining Splash Mountain ride as ‘Princess and the Frog’ attraction," 25 June 2020 Splash Mountain first opened as a log-flume ride at Disneyland in the late 1980s. Washington Post, "Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film," 25 June 2020

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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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The first known use of flume was in 1748

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“Flume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flume. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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