Sluice Definition

slo͝os
sluiced, sluices, sluicing
noun
sluices
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.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
A body of water impounded behind a floodgate.
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Any channel, esp. one for excess water.
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verb
sluices, sluicing
To draw off by or as by means of a sluice.
Webster's New World
To wash off with a rush of water.
To sluice a deck with hoses.
Webster's New World
To wash with water flowing in or from a sluice.
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To run or flow in or as in a sluice.
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To carry (logs, etc.) in a sluice.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
sluice downflush
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Other Word Forms of Sluice

Noun

Singular:
sluice
Plural:
sluices

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

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