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sluice

noun \ ˈslüs \

Definition of sluice

1 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
2 :a dock gate :floodgate
3 a :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

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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

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sluice

verb

Definition of sluice

sluiced; sluicing
transitive verb
1 :to draw off by or through a sluice
2 a :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

Examples of sluice in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of sluice

1596

sluice Synonyms


SLUICE Defined for English Language Learners

sluice

noun

Definition of sluice for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of sluice for English Language Learners

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

  • : to flow or pour down heavily


SLUICE Defined for Kids

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sluice

noun \ ˈslüs \

Definition of sluice for Students

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

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sluice

verb

Definition of sluice for Students

sluiced; sluicing
1 :to wash in a stream of water running through a sluice
2 :3flush 2, drench


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