Sluice meaning

slo͝os
A body of water impounded behind a floodgate.
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A sluiceway.
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A long inclined trough, as for carrying logs or separating gold ore.
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To flood or drench with or as if with a flow of released water.
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To wash with water flowing in a sluice.

Sluicing sediment for gold.

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To draw off or let out by a sluice.

Sluice floodwater.

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To send (logs, for example) down a sluice.
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To flow out from or as if from a sluice.
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An artificial channel or passage for water, having a gate or valve at its head to regulate the flow, as in a canal or millstream.
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The water held back by or passing through such a gate.
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A gate or valve used in opening or closing a sluice; floodgate.
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Any channel, esp. one for excess water.
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A sloping trough or flume through which water is run, as in washing gold ore, carrying logs, etc.
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To draw off by or as by means of a sluice.
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To carry (logs, etc.) in a sluice.
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To run or flow in or as in a sluice.
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An artificial passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the flow; also, a water gate or flood gate.
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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.

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The stream flowing through a flood gate.
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(mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, used for washing auriferous earth.
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(linguistics) An instance of wh-stranding ellipsis, or sluicing.
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(rare) To emit by, or as by, flood gates. -Milton.
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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.

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To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice earth or gold dust in a sluice box in placer mining.
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To elide the C` in a coordinated wh-question.
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The definition of a sluice is a gate or channel that controls the flow of water.

An example of a sluice is a gate that holds water back in a flood.

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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 écluse), from Late Latin exclusa, sclusa, from Latin exclÅ«sus, form of exclÅ«dō (“I shut out, I exclude") (English exclude).

    From Wiktionary

  • Cognate to Dutch sluis, from Old French.

    From Wiktionary