sluice

noun
\ ˈslüs How to pronounce sluice (audio) \

Definition of sluice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 : a dock gate : floodgate
3a : a stream flowing through a floodgate
b : a channel to drain or carry off surplus water
4 : a long inclined trough usually on the ground especially : such a contrivance paved usually with riffles to hold quicksilver for catching gold

sluice

verb
sluiced; sluicing

Definition of sluice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to draw off by or through a sluice
2a : to wash with or in water running through or from a sluice
b : to drench with a sudden flow : flush
3 : to transport (logs) in a sluice

intransitive verb

: to pour as if from a sluice

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Synonyms for sluice

Synonyms: Verb

flush, irrigate, rinse, wash, wash out

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Examples of sluice in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To quell the damage, a Nepalese police official, Ishwarei Dahal, says 371,000 cusecs of water have been drained from all 56 of the Koshi River's sluice gates on the Koshi barrage. Fox News, "Flash flooding kills at least 47 in Nepal, dozens missing," 14 July 2019 This past winter, the state saw cold storms alternating with atmospheric rivers, causing warm rain to sluice over the snowpack and accelerate runoff. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California to face more extreme wet and dry seasons in the future," 9 July 2019 Among the problems with these motivational mantras is this one: Most of us who lack these skills cannot utter such affirmations or simply decide to become more upbeat and positive after years of digging negative sluices in our neural pathways. Andrew Reiner, Washington Post, "Life’s stresses often sink me. Here’s how I decided to change that.," 4 Feb. 2018 Over time, a growing share of Dutch citizens worked in commercial interests and industries in port cities protected by an extensive network of dikes and sluices. Dagomar Degroot, Washington Post, "Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.," 19 Feb. 2018 Water that sluices through the dike during the wet season may be enough to bring some fish farms back to what was once the main part of the lake, but that's—quite literally—just a drop in the bucket. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Aral Sea Is Refilling for the First Time in Decades," 25 June 2018 Buy a bag of mixed rough stones at the Gift Shop and head for the sluice. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 Apr. 2018 Buy a bag of mixed rough stones at the Gift Shop and head for the sluice. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 Apr. 2018 Buy a bag of mixed rough stones at the Gift Shop and head for the sluice. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Here is the birria de res of my life: juicy but slightly crisped, decorated only with diced, raw white onion, and sluiced in a furious salsa de guajillo. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "What we’re into: Zacatecan-style birria de res in Hawthorne," 31 July 2019 The only noise is our motorboat sluicing through caramel water. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 The goal Monday is to determine if J50 is in shape for an emergency provision of live fish, sluiced off the back of a boat, said Michael Milstein, Spokesman for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Rescue effort for sick orca underway, but family’s location remains unknown," 6 Aug. 2018 One option, which has not yet been attempted, is to sluice live king salmon to her from the back of a boat as a way to get medicine into her, as well as critical hydration. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Concerns grow for young orca’s life as it struggles to swim with family in Salish Sea," 3 Sep. 2018 Main Street, also known as Frederick Road, was transformed into a waterway over the weekend, as brown water sluiced through town, destroying shops and upending cars. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "'It's even worse': Ellicott City, still recovering from 2016 flood, hammered again," 28 May 2018 This past year, wildfires and mudslides have ravaged California, and hurricanes have sluiced through Houston and Puerto Rico. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 2018 The National Guard was activated and mandatory evacuations were under way Thursday on the Big Island of Hawaii as lava sluiced toward a community and menaced residents, authorities said. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Volcanic eruption sparks mandatory evacuations on Hawaii's Big Island," 4 May 2018 For decades coal fired power plants disposed of this material by sluicing the ash and the residue collected in pollution control devices into unlined ash ponds on the banks of rivers. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Alabama Power fined $1.25 million over coal ash ponds," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sluice

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sluice

Noun

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

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sluice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sluice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

sluice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sluice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to wash or spray (something or someone) with a stream of water
: to flow or pour down heavily

sluice

noun
\ ˈslüs How to pronounce sluice (audio) \

Kids Definition of sluice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man-made channel for water with a gate for controlling its flow or changing its direction
2 : a device for controlling the flow of water
3 : a sloping trough for washing ore or for floating logs

sluice

verb
sluiced; sluicing

Kids Definition of sluice (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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