American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The best-known flume is in the Franconia notch of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, on a branch of the Pemigewasset river. It is about a third of a mile in length, having walls from 20 to 50 feet in height.
- n. An artificial channel for a stream of water to be applied to some industrial use. Flumes for conducting water to mill-wheels are open or covered passages formed of boards, planks, or stone, from which the water falls upon the wheel. In gold-mining regions flumes for furnishing water as a power in hydraulic mining are often extensive structures of planks, carried on heavy timbers over gullies, ravines, or valleys. Flumes are also used to convey water for irrigation, etc.
- 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.
- n. A ravine or gorge, usually one with water running through.
- n. An open channel or trough used to direct or divert liquids.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Middle English flum, from Old French flum, flun, from Latin flumen, from fluere ("to flow"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“And that a flume is an open artificial water channel, that leads water from a diversion dam or weir completely aside a natural flow, often an elevated box structure (typically wood) that follows the natural contours of the land?”
“He came to watch us train in what we call the flume but didn't get too involved, he just stood there taking it all in.”
“In this snow many of the shanties of the abandoned mining camp were obliterated (a sailor might have said they had gone down), and at irregular intervals it had overtopped the tall trestles which had once supported a river called a flume; for, of course, 'flume' is flumen.”
“In this snow many of the shanties of the abandoned mining camp were obliterated, (a sailor might have said they had gone down) and at irregular intervals it had overtopped the tall trestles which had once supported a river called a flume; for, of course, "flume" is flumen.”
“Oh and the mom in the back having way more fun than her two kids. (btw, did you know that a log flume is a flume specifically constructed to transport lumber and logs down mountainous terrain to a sawmill by using flowing water?”
“Somewhere between the Lifelight pyramid and the flume was a red arch.”
“In this snow many of the shanties of the aban - doned mining camp were obliterated (a sailor might have said they had gone down), and at irregular in - tervals it had overtopped the tall trestles which had once supported a river called a flume; for, of course,”
“The flume was a square trough, open at the top and several miles in length.”
“Mayor Wallace Cartwright sent the letter to Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer manager David Crowell on March 31, which requested that it was the city's belief that sharing the repair costs for the flume should be the responsibility of the utility "or its agents and contractors.”
“City officials plan this summer to replace a concrete stormwater drainage system, known as a flume, with what they believe to be a more environmentally friendly alternative, the natural grasses and plants that will collect rainwater and lessen runoff.”
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