Definition of "sluice" [sluice]

  • (noun) An artificial channel for conducting water, with a valve or gate to regulate the flow: sluices connecting a reservoir with irrigated fields.
  • (noun) A valve or gate used in such a channel; a floodgate: open sluices to flood a dry dock. Also called sluice gate.
  • (noun) A body of water impounded behind a floodgate.
  • (noun) A sluiceway.
  • (noun) A long inclined trough, as for carrying logs or separating gold ore.

Use "sluice" in a sentence

  • "Call you at half after five in the mornin ', an' you get up an 'take a' sluice '-- if there's any soap."
  • "SLUICE ROBBER: one way of separating gold from the gravel and sand in which it is found is to put the mixture into a slanting trough, called a sluice, through which water is run."
  • "A kind of broad trough, running in a slanting direction and called a sluice, was on one side, and into this a quantity of wash was put, and a tap at the top turned on, which caused the water to wash the dirt down the sluice."

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