British a trench or ditch that conveys water to a mill wheel

Word Origin for leat

Old English -gelǣt (as in wætergelǣt water channel), from let 1
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Historical Examples of leat

  • She could hear Mrs. Leat, the widow who acted as postmistress, walking about over her head.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

  • "Slan leat," repeated the Dark Master and turned his back, gazing down at the fire.

    Nuala O'Malley

    H. Bedford-Jones

  • Then I went up to the leat, set up my muslin net in it for insects floating down, and then went across to the stream and bathed.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • But at the rate they are devouring their green stuff there will not be a leat, scarcely a stem left in another hour; and then?

  • For nearly twelve hours a gang of men dug at the drift, and succeeded in freeing the leat and saving the town from a water famine.