Meaning of FLUE in English


I. ˈflü noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English flue, flowe, flew, from Middle Dutch vlūwe, vlouwe; akin to Old English flōwan to flow — more at flow

: fishnet ; especially : dragnet

II. adjective

Etymology: Middle English flew

dialect England : shallow , open , flaring

III. noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: origin unknown

: an enclosed passageway for establishing and directing a current of gas (as air): as


(1) now dialect : chimney

(2) : a channel in a chimney for conveying flame and smoke to the outer air

a big 4-flue chimney

b. : a passageway for carrying a current of air from one place to another (as for heating, cooling, or ventilating)

warmed air is forced through flues between the studs


(1) : an air channel to the lip of a wind instrument (as a recorder)

(2) : an organ flue pipe

(3) : the opening in an organ flue pipe between the lower lip and the languet

d. : a passage for conveying flame and hot gases around or through water in a steam boiler

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Flemish vluwe, from French velu shaggy — more at velvet

: soft downy material: as

a. : soft fluffy lint or debris

swept the flue from under the beds

b. : feather vane freed from quill and shaft ; especially : one of soft fluffy feathers (as of the ostrich)

a dainty cap trimmed with curled ostrich flue

V. adjective

Etymology: origin unknown

dialect England : thin and sickly : feeble

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