Sluicing sediment for gold.
Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon. -Harte.
This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of sensibility. -I. Taylor.
He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water. -De Quincey.
An example of a sluice is a gate that holds water back in a flood.
Origin of sluice
- Middle English scluse from Old French escluse from Late Latin exclūsa from Latin feminine past participle of exclūdere to shut out exclude
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French escluse (French Ã©cluse), from Late Latin exclusa, sclusa, from Latin exclÅ«sus, form of exclÅ«dÅ (“I shut out, I exclude") (English exclude).
- Cognate to Dutch sluis, from Old French.