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[sloos-wey] /ˈslusˌweɪ/
a channel controlled by a sluice gate.
any artificial channel for water.
Origin of sluiceway
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; sluice + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then came the grand finish —the closing of this sluiceway through the dam.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • "He must, because he ain't in the sluiceway," remarked the tall boy.

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

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • A pond, with a sluiceway which, when opened, gives on the ravine.

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

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • One of the younger men rode the last log through the sluiceway, standing upright as it darted down the chute into the eddy below.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • Entrance was made at last through the sluiceway, or open sewer, draining out under the city walls.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • A tear found a wrinkle in Unc Simmys lined face for a sluiceway; but the darkey was still smiling.

    Ruth Fielding Down in Dixie Alice B. Emerson
sluiceway in Science
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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