an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate ) at the upper end for regulating the flow.
the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate.
any contrivance for regulating a flow from or into a receptacle.
a channel, especially one carrying off surplus water; drain.
a stream of surplus water.
an artificial stream or channel of water for moving solid matter: a lumbering sluice.
Also called sluice box .Mining. a long, sloping trough or the like, with grooves on the bottom, into which water is directed to separate gold from gravel or sand.
to let out (water) by or as if by opening a sluice.
to drain (a pond, lake, etc.) by or as if by opening a sluice.
to open a sluice upon.
to flush or cleanse with a rush of water: to sluice the decks of a boat.
Mining. to wash in a sluice.
to send (logs) down a sluiceway.
to flow or pour through or as if through a sluice.
- sluicelike, adjective
- un·der·sluice, noun
- un·sluiced, adjective
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How to use sluice in a sentence
Far upstream, one of the power companies has opened the dam’s sluices.A Paddleboard Adventure to Climb in Spain’s Mont-Rebei Gorge | POM Administrator | July 29, 2022 | Outside Online
Even if farmers smooth over the top of the soil, underground rubble can act like a barrier or sluice for water, which could make it harder to grow crops.Russia’s invasion could cause long-term harm to Ukraine’s prized soil | Rebecca Dzombak | June 21, 2022 | Science News
Chef Garcelon and several members of the kitchen staff are standing around, watching the honey sluice out of the centrifuge.
They had aided in opening the sluice-ways of a torrent which was now sweeping every thing before it.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
They died because they refused to open those sluice-ways of blood which the people demanded.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
He finished his strictly utilitarian household labor and went off up the flat to the sluice boxes.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
In a few minutes Uncle Will released him and sent him back to help Lucky at the sluice.Gold-Seeking on the Dalton Trail | Arthur R. Thompson
Once I saw a catfish, gasping for air at the surface of water that had been muddied by the opening of a sluice-way in a dam.Bill's School and Mine | William Suddards Franklin
British Dictionary definitions for sluice
Also called: sluiceway a channel that carries a rapid current of water, esp one that has a sluicegate to control the flow
the body of water controlled by a sluicegate
mining an inclined trough for washing ore, esp one having riffles on the bottom to trap particles
an artificial channel through which logs can be floated
informal a brief wash in running water
(tr) to draw out or drain (water, etc) from (a pond, etc) by means of a sluice
(tr) to wash or irrigate with a stream of water
(tr) mining to wash in a sluice
(tr) to send (logs, etc) down a sluice
(intr; often foll by away or out) (of water, etc) to run or flow from or as if from a sluice
(tr) to provide with a sluice
- sluicelike, adjective
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