verb (used with object), sluiced, sluic·ing.

verb (used without object), sluiced, sluic·ing.

to flow or pour through or as if through a sluice.

Nearby words

  1. sluggardly,
  2. slugger,
  3. slugging average,
  4. sluggish,
  5. sluggishly,
  6. sluicegate,
  7. sluiceway,
  8. sluit,
  9. slum,
  10. slumber

Origin of sluice

1300–50; Middle English scluse (noun) < Old French escluse < Late Latin exclūsa, a water barrier, noun use of feminine of Latin exclūsus, past participle of exclūdere to exclude

Related formssluice·like, adjectiveun·der·sluice, nounun·sluiced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived Formssluicelike, adjective

Word Origin for sluice

C14: from Old French escluse, from Late Latin exclūsa aqua water shut out, from Latin exclūdere to shut out, exclude

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Word Origin and History for sluice
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