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sluice

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It is unfortunately very true that, without leisure and money, love can be no more than an orgy of the common man. Instead of being a sudden impulse full of ardor and reverie, it becomes a distastefully utilitarian affair.
Charles Baudelaire
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Etymology

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.

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Noun

Singular
sluice

Plural
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sluice ({{{1}}})
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The stream flowing through a flood gate.
  4. (mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, -- used for washing auriferous earth.

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Verb

Infinitive
to sluice

Third person singular
sluic

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to sluice (third-person singular simple present sluic, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] Milton.
  2. 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.
  3. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice earth or gold dust in mining.

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