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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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  • How will Barney Doran's millrace agree with your motor-boats?

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • It was the boy who had been saved from the millrace that August afternoon.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Then the hills closed in on the river and the current ran like a millrace.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • The return of that wilderness was like the rushing of a millrace.

    The Island Queen R.M. Ballantyne
  • Today he is covered with whitecaps and the current runs like a millrace.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • I know they are going to make the city build the millrace and then steal it.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • The high wooded bank seemed miles away, and the river ran like a millrace.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • The crowd caught and bore them both along like chips in a millrace, keeping the interval constant.

    Assignment's End Roger Dee
  • Just above the millrace was a quiet pool under the bank where great, fragrant water-lilies floated upon the surface.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
  • He was drowning—swiftly and surely—while the current bore him steadily toward the millrace.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for millrace


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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