flue

1 [floo]
noun
1.
a passage or duct for smoke in a chimney.
2.
any duct or passage for air, gas, or the like.
3.
a tube, especially a large one, in a fire-tube boiler.
4.
Music.
b.
Also called windway. a narrow slit in the upper end of an organ pipe through which the air current is directed.

Origin:
1555–65; earlier flew, perhaps representing Old English flēwsa a flowing, the form flews being taken as plural

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flue

2 [floo]
noun
downy matter; fluff.

Origin:
1580–90; perhaps to be identified with Old English flug- (in flugol swift, fleeting); akin to fly1. Compare Low German flug

flue

3 [floo]
noun
a fishing net.
Also, flew.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net

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flue1 (fluː)
 
n
1.  a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
2.  music See also flue pipe the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set up
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

flue2 (fluː)
 
n
loose fluffy matter; down
 
[C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy]

flue or flew3 (fluː)
 
n
a type of fishing net
 
[Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe]
 
flew or flew3
 
n
 
[Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe]

flue4 (fluː)
 
n
fluke another word for fluke
 
flued4
 
adj

flue pipe or flue
 
n
an organ pipe or tubular instrument of the flute family whose sound is produced by the passage of air across a sharp-edged fissure in the side. This sets in motion a vibrating air column within the pipe or instrument
 
flue or flue
 
n

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flue
"smoke channel in a chimney," 1582, perhaps related to 15c. word meaning "mouthpiece of a hunting horn," or perhaps from O.E. flowan "to flow," and/or O.Fr. fluie "stream."
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Example sentences
It might have been better to have selected the stove first and then the
  properly sized flue pipe.
The flue from a boiler to the chimney should be the same size as the chimney
  flue itself.
Still there was a flue breeze on the water, and suburbans were not aware of the
  fact that it was so terribly hot after all.
Scrubbers remove the sulfur by venting flue gas through a limestone slurry
  shower.
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