I. noun Etymology: Middle English sluse, alteration of scluse, from Anglo-French escluse, from Late Latin exclusa, from Latin, feminine of exclusus, past participle of excludere to exclude Date: 15th century 1. a. an artificial passage for water (as in a millstream) fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating flow b. a body of water pent up behind a floodgate 2. a dock gate ; floodgate 3. a. a stream flowing through a floodgate b. a channel to drain or carry off surplus water 4. a long inclined trough usually on the ground; especially such a contrivance paved usually with riffles to hold quicksilver for catching gold II. verb (sluiced; sluicing) Date: 1596 transitive verb 1. to draw off by or through a sluice 2. a. to wash with or in water running through or from a sluice b. to drench with a sudden flow ; flush 3. to transport (as logs) in a sluice intransitive verb to pour as if from a sluice

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  • sluice — [slo͞os] n. [ME scluse < OFr escluse & LL exclusa < fem. pp. of L excludere, to shut out, EXCLUDE] 1. an artificial channel or passage for water, having a gate or valve at its head to regulate the flow, as in a canal or millstream 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Sluice — Sluice, n. [OF. escluse, F. [ e]cluse, LL. exclusa, sclusa, from L. excludere, exclusum, to shut out: cf. D. sluis sluice, from the Old French. See {Exclude}.] 1. An artifical passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sluice — Sluice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sluiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sluicing}.] 1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt. [1913 Webster] He dried his neck and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sluice — ● sluice nom masculin (anglais sluice, canal) Chenal incliné muni de riffles transversaux, à l aval et à l amont desquels s accumulent les minéraux les plus denses …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sluice — mid 14c., aphetic of O.Fr. escluse sluice, floodgate, from L.L. exclusa barrier to shut out water (in aqua exclusa water shut out ), from fem. sing. of L. exclusus, pp. of excludere shut out (see EXCLUDE (Cf. exclude)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sluice — sluice; un·sluice; …   English syllables

  • sluice — ► NOUN 1) (also sluice gate) a sliding gate or other device for controlling the flow of water. 2) (also sluiceway) an artificial water channel for carrying off overflow or surplus water. 3) an act of rinsing or showering with water. ► VERB ▪ wash …   English terms dictionary

  • sluice — vb *pour, stream, gush Analogous words: flood, inundate, deluge (see corresponding nouns at FLOOD): drench, *soak …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Sluice — A sluice gate. Sluice gate located on the …   Wikipedia

  • sluice — sluicelike, adj. /sloohs/, n., v., sluiced, sluicing. n. 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 …   Universalium

  • sluice — [[t]slus[/t]] n. v. sluiced, sluic•ing 1) civ an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate(sluice′ gate )at the upper end for regulating the flow 2) civ the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate 3) civ a… …   From formal English to slang

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