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sluice

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noun \ˈslüs\

Simple Definition of sluice

  • : an artificial passage for water to flow through with a gate for controlling the flow

  • : a device (such as a floodgate) used for controlling the flow of water

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sluice

  1. 1a :  an artificial passage for water (as in a millstream) fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating flowb :  a body of water pent up behind a floodgate

  2. 2 :  a dock gate :  floodgate

  3. 3a :  a stream flowing through a floodgateb :  a channel to drain or carry off surplus water

  4. 4 :  a long inclined trough usually on the ground; especially :  such a contrivance paved usually with riffles to hold quicksilver for catching gold

Origin and Etymology of sluice

Middle English sluse, alteration of scluse, from Anglo-French escluse, from Late Latin exclusa, from Latin, feminine of exclusus, past participle of excludere to exclude


First Known Use: 15th century

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sluice

verb

Simple Definition of sluice

  • : to wash or spray (something or someone) with a stream of water

  • : to flow or pour down heavily

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sluice

sluiced

sluicing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to draw off by or through a sluice

  3. 2a :  to wash with or in water running through or from a sluiceb :  to drench with a sudden flow :  flush

  4. 3 :  to transport (as logs) in a sluice

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to pour as if from a sluice

Examples of sluice in a sentence

  1. <he sluiced the gutters with lots of water in order to make sure they were clear>



1596

First Known Use of sluice

1596


SLUICE Defined for Kids

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sluice

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noun \ˈslüs\

Definition of sluice for Students

  1. 1 :  a man-made channel for water with a gate for controlling its flow or changing its direction

  2. 2 :  a device for controlling the flow of water

  3. 3 :  a sloping trough for washing ore or for floating logs




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sluice

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verb

Definition of sluice for Students

sluiced

sluicing

  1. 1 :  to wash in a stream of water running through a sluice

  2. 2 :  3flush 2, drench





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