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 millrace

Historical Examples of millrace

  • How will Barney Doran's millrace agree with your motor-boats?

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • It was the boy who had been saved from the millrace that August afternoon.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

  • Then the hills closed in on the river and the current ran like a millrace.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • The return of that wilderness was like the rushing of a millrace.

    The Island Queen

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Today he is covered with whitecaps and the current runs like a millrace.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh

British Dictionary definitions for millrace




the current of water that turns a millwheel
the channel for this water
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