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millrace

[mil-reys] /ˈmɪlˌreɪs/
noun
1.
the channel in which the current of water driving a mill wheel flows to the mill.
2.
the current itself.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80; mill1 + race1
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British Dictionary definitions for mill-race

millrace

/ˈmɪlˌreɪs/
noun
1.
the current of water that turns a millwheel
2.
the channel for this water
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Word Origin and History for mill-race
n.

late 15c., from mill (n.1) + race (n.1) in the "current" sense.

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