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(Brit) a trench or ditch that conveys water to a mill wheel
Word Origin
Old English -gelǣt (as in wætergelǣt water channel), from let1
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  • She could hear Mrs. leat, the widow who acted as postmistress, walking about over her head.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • But at the rate they are devouring their green stuff there will not be a leat, scarcely a stem left in another hour; and then?

  • "Slan leat," repeated the Dark Master and turned his back, gazing down at the fire.

    Nuala O'Malley H. Bedford-Jones
  • Both little shrill voices were obsequious with the information that he had gone towards the leat.

    Beggars on Horseback F. Tennyson Jesse
  • Much of the snow that had been removed from the leat had drifted back, and part of the work had to be done over again.

  • Then I went up to the leat, set up my muslin net in it for insects floating down, and then went across to the stream and bathed.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • For nearly twelve hours a gang of men dug at the drift, and succeeded in freeing the leat and saving the town from a water famine.

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