- an artificial channel, usually an inclined chute or trough, for carrying water to furnish power, transport logs down a mountainside, etc.
- a narrow gorge or ravine with a stream running through it
Origin of flumeMiddle English flum, river, stream from Old French from Classical Latin flumen from fluere, to flow: see fluctuate
transitive verbflumed, flum′ing
to send (logs, water, etc.) down or through a flume
- A narrow gorge, usually with a stream flowing through it.
- An open artificial channel or chute carrying a stream of water, as for furnishing power or conveying logs.
- A very small swimming pool designed with a propeller or pump to generate a current, allowing a swimmer to swim in place.
Origin of flumeMiddle English flum river from Old French from Latin flūmen from fluere to flow ; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English flum, from Old French flum, flun, from Latin flumen, from fluere (“to flow”).