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Old French escluse, French écluse, Late Latin exclusa, sclusa, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] excludere, exclusum, to shut out: confer Dutch sluis sluice, from the Old French. See exclude.
- Rhymes: -uːs
- An artifical passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the flow; also, a water gate of flood gate.
- Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.
- Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon. -Harte.
- This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of sensibility. -I. Taylor.
- The stream flowing through a flood gate.
- (mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, -- used for washing auriferous earth.
Third person singular
- To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] Milton.
- To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt.
- He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water. -De Quincey.
- To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice earth or gold dust in mining.
- “sluice” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- For examples of the usage of this word see the citations page.
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