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[mil-reys] /ˈmɪlˌreɪs/
the channel in which the current of water driving a mill wheel flows to the mill.
the current itself.
Origin of millrace
First recorded in 1470-80; mill1 + race1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As I neared the bank I saw that the river was in full flood, more than twice its usual breadth, and running like a mill-race.

  • It happened to be flowing out at that time like a mill-race.

  • The prow lifted, shot into mid-air, touched water again, and went whirling through the mill-race that boiled below a waterfall.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
  • I was to tell Lady Lyle something about cabbages or the mill-race,—which was it?

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • There are long, straight, sloping troughs through which the water runs like a mill-race.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • The whole inlet boiled like a pot, and roared like a mill-race.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Beneath us was the open trough, where the water, two or three feet in depth, was rushing as in a mill-race.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
  • So in a mill-race, water stopped by a gate is like air in a calm.

  • The tide was now running out, and the channel between the island and the mainland swirled like a mill-race.

  • She came to see me with your father; he said nothing, but she talked like a mill-race.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for mill-race


the current of water that turns a millwheel
the channel for this water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mill-race

late 15c., from mill (n.1) + race (n.1) in the "current" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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