- the race, flume, or channel leading away from a waterwheel or the like.
- Mining. the channel for conducting tailings or refuse away in water.
Origin of tailrace
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In the winter of 1863 a tailrace was cut to the river which greatly ameliorated conditions.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)</p>
William Henry Atherton
- a channel that carries water away from a water wheel, turbine, etcCompare headrace
- mining the channel for removing tailings in water
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