noun \ˈslüs\

: 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

Full Definition of SLUICE

a :  an artificial passage for water (as in a millstream) fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating flow
b :  a body of water pent up behind a floodgate
:  a dock gate :  floodgate
a :  a stream flowing through a floodgate
b :  a channel to drain or carry off surplus water
:  a long inclined trough usually on the ground; especially :  such a contrivance paved usually with riffles to hold quicksilver for catching gold

Origin 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

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure



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

: to flow or pour down heavily


Full Definition of SLUICE

transitive verb
:  to draw off by or through a sluice
a :  to wash with or in water running through or from a sluice
b :  to drench with a sudden flow :  flush
:  to transport (as logs) in a sluice
intransitive verb
:  to pour as if from a sluice

Examples of SLUICE

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

First Known Use of SLUICE



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