ground sluice

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noun Mining.

a trench, cut through a placer or through bedrock, through which a stream is diverted in order to dislodge and wash the gravel.

Nearby words

  1. ground rule double,
  2. ground rules,
  3. ground run,
  4. ground shark,
  5. ground sloth,
  6. ground squirrel,
  7. ground state,
  8. ground stroke,
  9. ground substance,
  10. ground tackle

Origin of ground sluice

First recorded in 1865–70

Related formsground-sluic·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for ground sluice

  • After the dirt has all been put through the ground-sluice, it is cleaned up in a short board-sluice, or a tom.