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sluiceway

[sloos-wey] /ˈslusˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a channel controlled by a sluice gate.
2.
any artificial channel for water.
Origin of sluiceway
1770-1780
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; sluice + way1
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Examples from the Web for sluiceway
Historical Examples
  • "He must, because he ain't in the sluiceway," remarked the tall boy.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • A pond, with a sluiceway which, when opened, gives on the ravine.

  • Booms were strung, forming a funnel of which the sluiceway was the outlet.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Then came the grand finish —the closing of this sluiceway through the dam.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Cottrell chose a spot overlooking the packed logs and the sliding water of the sluiceway.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Entrance was made at last through the sluiceway, or open sewer, draining out under the city walls.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • With cautious strokes they paddled on until a sudden glimpse of the sluiceway leading under the mill caused them to pull up short.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • The plank over that sluiceway makes a lot of racket, and the scoundrel may hear us and slip away.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • The men hastily withdrew, first taking the precaution to remove the plank that covered the sluiceway.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • He could not escape, for the removal of the plank from the sluiceway made the place literally an island.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
sluiceway in Science
sluiceway
  (sls'wā')   
An artificial channel, especially one for carrying off a portion of the current of a stream, canal, or other larger body of water.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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