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flume

[floom] /flum/
noun
1.
a deep narrow defile containing a mountain stream or torrent.
2.
an artificial channel or trough for conducting water, as one used to transport logs or provide water power.
3.
an amusement park ride in which passengers are carried in a boatlike or loglike conveyance through a narrow, water-filled chute or over a water slide.
verb (used with object), flumed, fluming.
4.
to transport in a flume.
5.
to divert (a stream) by a flume.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English flum < Old FrenchLatin flūmen stream
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British Dictionary definitions for flumed

flume

/fluːm/
noun
1.
a ravine through which a stream flows
2.
a narrow artificial channel made for providing water for power, floating logs, etc
3.
a slide in the form of a long and winding tube with a stream of water running through it that descends into a purpose-built pool
verb
4.
(transitive) to transport (logs) in a flume
Word Origin
C12: from Old French flum, ultimately from Latin flūmen stream, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for flumed

flume

n.

late 12c., "stream," from Old French flum "running water, stream, river," from Latin flumen "flood, stream, running water," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent). In U.S., used especially of artificial streams channeled for some industrial purpose.

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