Complete Definition of "sluice"

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Etymology
OF. escluse, F. écluse, LL. exclusa, sclusa, from L. excludere, exclusum, to shut out: confer D. sluis sluice, from the Old French. See exclude.

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-uËs|-uËs

Noun
en-noun

  1. An artifical passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the flow; also, a water gate of flood gate.
  2. Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.

#:Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon. -Harte.
#:This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of sensibility. -I. Taylor.

  1. The stream flowing through a flood gate.
  2. (Mining): A long box or trough through which water flows, -- used for washing auriferous earth.

See also
sluiceway
sluice gate the sliding gate of a sluice

Translations

Italian: chiusa f
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Romanian: ecluza f, deschizatura f

Verb
en-verb|sluic|ing

  1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] Milton.
  2. To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt.

#:He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water. -De Quincey.

  1. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.

References
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