flume

noun
\ˈflüm \

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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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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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 Peruvian friends steered us to the Sacred Valley, a snakelike flume carved out by the Urubamba River that stretches some 100 miles beneath Cusco to Macchu Pichu. Finn-olaf Jones, WSJ, "A Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Vacation to Peru’s Sacred Valley," 7 June 2018 There are diving boards, flume slides and water playground features for your kids to enjoy. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorial Day weekend temps are going to be hot. Luckily, Milwaukee County water parks are open.," 24 May 2018 There’s a kids flume, wiggle bridge and splasher, drop slide, concessions area and sand volleyball courts. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Your guide to Chicago-area water parks," 10 May 2018 The 4,700-square-foot water play area with a zero-depth area also features two waterslides, a flume, a tunnel and a vortex whirlpool. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Surprise," 16 Feb. 2015 The Heritage area would have displays related to American Indians and Frontier Life would have a long-flume ride, a shooting gallery and a family boat ride. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Bankruptcy doomed giant Hendricks County complex in 1990s that included a Garfield-themed park," 27 Apr. 2018 During the next year a number of preliminary surveys of a proposed flume line were made. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Here comes the flume," 22 Feb. 2018 With a water slide, the riders become widely varying and unpredictable vehicles shooting down a flume. Steve Vockrodt Scott Canon And Katy Bergen, kansascity, "The making of Schlitterbahn’s Verrückt water slide: Too much, too fast? | The Kansas City Star," 12 Aug. 2016

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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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