the channel in which the current of water driving a mill wheel flows to the mill.
the current itself.

Origin of millrace

First recorded in 1470–80; mill1 + race1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mill-race

Historical Examples of mill-race

  • I was to tell Lady Lyle something about cabbages or the mill-race,—which was it?

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • The whole inlet boiled like a pot, and roared like a mill-race.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Oh, how I should like to get to a mill-race and have a bathe.

    Diamond Dyke

    George Manville Fenn

  • It happened to be flowing out at that time like a mill-race.

  • I hope you ain't going to tell me to go down and jump in the mill-race.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

    George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for mill-race




the current of water that turns a millwheel
the channel for this water
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Word Origin and History for mill-race

late 15c., from mill (n.1) + race (n.1) in the "current" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper