sluice·​way ˈslüs-ˌwā How to pronounce sluiceway (audio)
: an artificial channel into which water is let by a sluice

Examples of sluiceway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson’s New Freedom would open the sluiceways of competition by slashing tariffs, strengthening anti-trust laws and increasing access to credit. Richard Norton Smith, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2018 The town has opened the floodgate to the dam draining the pond behind it and allowing Roaring Brook to flow freely downstream through a sluiceway. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, 12 Apr. 2018 The breakwater was constructed with four sluiceways, or porthole-like tunnels, which allowed for greater circulation of ocean water. Joshua Emerson Smith,, 15 Dec. 2017 However, the sluiceways were sealed years ago after a child became trapped in one and drowned. Joshua Emerson Smith,, 15 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sluiceway was in 1779

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“Sluiceway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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