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English Dictionary: sluice by the DICT Development Group
3 results for sluice
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
    Synonym(s): sluice, sluiceway, penstock
  1. pour as if from a sluice; "An aggressive tide sluiced across the barrier reef"
    Synonym(s): sluice, sluice down
  2. irrigate with water from a sluice; "sluice the earth"
    Synonym(s): sluice, flush
  3. transport in or send down a sluice; "sluice logs"
  4. draw through a sluice; "sluice water"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sluice \Sluice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sluiced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] --Milton.
      2. To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice
            meadows. --Howitt.
                     He dried his neck and face, which he had been
                     sluicing with cold water.                  --De Quincey.
      3. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a
            sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sluice \Sluice\, n. [OF. escluse, F. [82]cluse, LL. exclusa,
      sclusa, from L. excludere, exclusum, to shut out: cf. D.
      sluis sluice, from the Old French. See {Exclude}.]
      1. An artifical passage for water, fitted with a valve or
            gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the
            flow; also, a water gate or flood gate.
      2. Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows;
            a source of supply.
                     Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon.
                     This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of
                     sensibility.                                       --I. Taylor.
      3. The stream flowing through a flood gate.
      4. (Mining) A long box or trough through which water flows,
            -- used for washing auriferous earth.
      {Sluice gate}, the sliding gate of a sluice.
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