from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A narrow gorge, usually with a stream flowing through it.
- n. An open artificial channel or chute carrying a stream of water, as for furnishing power or conveying logs.
- n. A very small swimming pool designed with a propeller or pump to generate a current, allowing a swimmer to swim in place.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A ravine or gorge, usually one with water running through.
- n. An open channel or trough used to direct or divert liquids.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stream; especially, a passage channel, or conduit for the water that drives a mill wheel; or an artifical channel of water for hydraulic or placer mining; also, a chute for conveying logs or lumber down a declivity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stream; a river.
- n. In physical geography, in the United States, especially in New England, a narrow defile with nearly vertical walls, the bottom of which is usually occupied by a mountain torrent.
- n. An artificial channel for a stream of water to be applied to some industrial use.
- In gold-mining, to carry off in a flume, as the water of a stream, in order to lay bare the auriferous sand and gravel forming the bed.
- n. An inclined trough in which water runs, used in transporting logs or timbers.
- In lumbering, to transport, as logs or timbers, by a flume.
- To conduct a channel or canal, by a flume, along an artificial temporary construction in situations where an earth or masonry channel cannot readily be secured by excavation and embankment.
- To build a flume or artificial channel and its supporting construction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a narrow gorge with a stream running through it
- n. watercourse that consists of an open artificial chute filled with water for power or for carrying logs
Middle English flum, river, from Old French, from Latin flūmen, from fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flum, from Old French flum, flun, from Latin flumen, from fluere ("to flow"). (Wiktionary)