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an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate
at the upper end for regulating the flow.
the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate.
any contrivance for regulating a flow from or into a receptacle.
a channel, especially one carrying off surplus water; drain.
a stream of surplus water.
an artificial stream or channel of water for moving solid matter:
a lumbering sluice.
a long, sloping trough or the like, with grooves on the bottom, into which water is directed to separate gold from gravel or sand.
verb (used with object)
to let out (water) by or as if by opening a sluice.
to drain (a pond, lake, etc.) by or as if by opening a sluice.
to open a sluice upon.
to flush or cleanse with a rush of water:
to sluice the decks of a boat.
to wash in a sluice.
to send (logs) down a
verb (used without object)
to flow or pour through or as if through a sluice.
a water barrier, noun use of feminine of
past participle of
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Instead, he uses two time-tested and inexpensive pieces of equipment: a pan and a
Flood tide filled the pond, and the
gate was closed.
It's meant to stay put, to
through our veins, arteries and capillaries as it irrigates the body.
In addition to panning, gold can be taken using hand-operated
boxes for which a state-issued permit has been issued.
All the tanks in the group are connected by
Each tank in the group has an upper and lower
boxes can be made out of wood, aluminum, plastic or steel.
The diversion is a fabricated steel box structure that contains a
with check boards with a stop at the bottom.
It is used to seal the dam in order to remove a
gate for maintenance or work inside one of the
The water from the dredged material will flow back into the
channel, which flows into the existing ash pond.
British Dictionary definitions for
a channel that carries a rapid current of water, esp one that has a sluicegate to control the flow
the body of water controlled by a sluicegate
) an inclined trough for washing ore, esp one having riffles on the bottom to trap particles
an artificial channel through which logs can be floated
) a brief wash in running water
) to draw out or drain (water, etc) from (a pond, etc) by means of a sluice
) to wash or irrigate with a stream of water
) to wash in a sluice
) to send (logs, etc) down a sluice
intransitive; often foll by away or out
) (of water, etc) to run or flow from or as if from a sluice
) to provide with a sluice
C14: from Old French
from Late Latin
water shut out, from Latin
to shut out,
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c.1340, aphetic of O.Fr.
"sluice, floodgate," from L.L.
"barrier to shut out water" (in
"water shut out"), from fem. sing. of L.
"shut out" (see
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