mill·​race | \ ˈmil-ˌrās How to pronounce millrace (audio) \

Definition of millrace

: 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,, "North Farms A Bicentennial Preserve," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of millrace

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Millrace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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