sluice·​way | \ ˈslüs-ˌwā How to pronounce sluiceway (audio) \

Definition of sluiceway

: an artificial channel into which water is let by a sluice

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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, "‘The Moralist’ Review: The High and Rocky Road," 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, "Town Reviewing Options For Slocomb Mill Dam," 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,, "La Jolla Children's Pool closes for pupping season as legal war continues," 15 Dec. 2017 However, the sluiceways were sealed years ago after a child became trapped in one and drowned. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "La Jolla Children's Pool closes for pupping season as legal war continues," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sluiceway

1779, in the meaning defined above

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