Definition of flume in English:


Syllabification: flume
Pronunciation: /flo͞om


1A deep narrow channel or ravine with a stream running through it.
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  • The hydraulic system had to take water from the creek and return it there, probably by a dam and flume system.
  • These operations required vast quantities of water, which were diverted from rivers into flumes and pipes and stored behind wooden dams, which in turn required vast quantities of timber.
1.1An artificial channel conveying water, typically used for transporting logs or timber.
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  • The flume recirculates both water and sediment in order to provide a continuous supply of heterogeneous sand particles under steady flow conditions during the course of each experiment.
  • Often the animals were placed in water flumes and required to swim continuously against a current generated by a pump.
  • According to Pearl, Pennoyer constructed a flume that carried stream water to the site for washing out and screening crystals.
1.2A water-chute ride at an amusement park.
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  • Tom couldn't get enough of the mini flume and waterslide.
  • If you enjoy a day at the swimming pool, splashing down the flumes, think of canyoning as the 100% natural equivalent.
  • You walk where you can, scramble over rocks, wade and swim through pools and in places you slide down natural flumes.


Middle English (denoting a river or stream): from Old French flum, from Latin flumen 'river', from fluere 'to flow'. The sense 'artificial channel' dates from the mid 18th century; 'water chute for amusement' is a late 20th-century usage.

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