verb (used with object), sluiced, sluic·ing.
verb (used without object), sluiced, sluic·ing.
- slugging average,
Origin of sluice
Examples from the Web for sluice-box
He was off up on Eldorado somewhere, shovelling dirt into a sluice-box for ten dollars a day.The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
He dashed back inside as soon as he saw Bruce jump out of the sluice-box.The Man from the Bitter Roots|Caroline Lockhart
Thim tree calves has got a hide on 'em loike the bottom av a sluice-box.Snowdrift|James B. Hendryx
Again his hand was reached down to the rippling water at the head of the sluice-box.
It was with something like reluctance that he tore himself away from the magic of the sluice-box.The Triumph of John Kars|Ridgwell Cullum
Word Origin for sluice
c.1400, earlier scluse (mid-14c.), a shortening of Old French escluse "sluice, floodgate" (Modern French écluse), from Late Latin exclusa "barrier to shut out water" (in aqua exclusa "water shut out," i.e. separated from the river), from fem. singular of Latin exclusus, past participle of excludere "to shut out" (see exclude).
1590s, from sluice (n.). Related: Sluiced; sluicing.