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sluice

[sloos] /slus/
noun
1.
an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate) at the upper end for regulating the flow.
2.
the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate.
3.
any contrivance for regulating a flow from or into a receptacle.
4.
a channel, especially one carrying off surplus water; drain.
5.
a stream of surplus water.
6.
an artificial stream or channel of water for moving solid matter:
a lumbering sluice.
7.
Also called sluice box. Mining. 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), sluiced, sluicing.
8.
to let out (water) by or as if by opening a sluice.
9.
to drain (a pond, lake, etc.) by or as if by opening a sluice.
10.
to open a sluice upon.
11.
to flush or cleanse with a rush of water:
to sluice the decks of a boat.
12.
Mining. to wash in a sluice.
13.
to send (logs) down a sluiceway.
verb (used without object), sluiced, sluicing.
14.
to flow or pour through or as if through a sluice.
Origin of sluice
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English scluse (noun) < Old French escluse < Late Latin exclūsa, a water barrier, noun use of feminine of Latin exclūsus, past participle of exclūdere to exclude
Related forms
sluicelike, adjective
undersluice, noun
unsluiced, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sluice gate
Historical Examples
  • He just managed to get in under the sluice gate without actually submerging his head, and to regain the brick tunnel.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Im just prayin hell have the nerve to walk out to the sluice gate with a stick of powder in his hand or even a bulge in his shirt.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • This opened a sluice gate of correspondence, resulting in important changes in the Cabinet.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • It is literally what Phillips Brooks described it to be, the sluice gate between God and the soul.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
British Dictionary definitions for sluice gate

sluice

/sluːs/
noun
1.
Also called sluiceway. a channel that carries a rapid current of water, esp one that has a sluicegate to control the flow
2.
the body of water controlled by a sluicegate
3.
4.
(mining) an inclined trough for washing ore, esp one having riffles on the bottom to trap particles
5.
an artificial channel through which logs can be floated
6.
(informal) a brief wash in running water
verb
7.
(transitive) to draw out or drain (water, etc) from (a pond, etc) by means of a sluice
8.
(transitive) to wash or irrigate with a stream of water
9.
(transitive) (mining) to wash in a sluice
10.
(transitive) to send (logs, etc) down a sluice
11.
(intransitive; often foll by away or out) (of water, etc) to run or flow from or as if from a sluice
12.
(transitive) to provide with a sluice
Derived Forms
sluicelike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French escluse, from Late Latin exclūsa aqua water shut out, from Latin exclūdere to shut out, exclude
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Word Origin and History for sluice gate

sluice

n.

c.1400, earlier scluse (mid-14c.), a shortening of Old French escluse "sluice, floodgate" (Modern French écluse), from Late Latin exclusa "barrier to shut out water" (in aqua exclusa "water shut out," i.e. separated from the river), from fem. singular of Latin exclusus, past participle of excludere "to shut out" (see exclude).

v.

1590s, from sluice (n.). Related: Sluiced; sluicing.

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