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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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Examples from the web for millrace
  • Near the sawmill shore, near what might have been safety, the ice simply ended in a deep flow of river water from the millrace.
  • millrace employs two in addition to the company's owners.
  • Next they set to work deepening the stream so that the millrace would have adequate power.
  • Years before, this shallow ditch on the shortest line between river and swamp had been used as a millrace.
  • The newer, taller section of the building sits over the millrace.
  • Preliminary field reconnaissance has re-located the millrace, and milldam.
  • Consider removing or reforming the old concrete piers from the millrace to improve river safety as mitigation for project impacts.
  • The site also includes the millrace and two millstones that are lying next to the miller's house foundations.
  • The millrace-the fast moving stream that powered the mill-now runs under the parking lot to the site of the machine shop.
  • Above-ground ruins, including the millrace and mill foundation, are present.
British Dictionary definitions for millrace

millrace

/ˈmɪlˌreɪs/
noun
1.
the current of water that turns a millwheel
2.
the channel for this water
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