mill·​race ˈmil-ˌrās How to pronounce millrace (audio)
: a canal in which water flows to and from a mill wheel
also : the current that drives the wheel

Examples of millrace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the North Branford Land Conservation Trust, the dam and millrace in the area dates back to 1761 and over its history was used to power a lumber mill, cider mill, grist mill and a factory that produced ax handles. Peter Marteka,, 25 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of millrace was in the 15th century

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“Millrace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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mill·​race -ˌrās How to pronounce millrace (audio)
: a canal in which water flows to and from a mill wheel
: the current that drives a mill wheel

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