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/ slus /


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.

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 forms

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

British Dictionary definitions for sluicegate (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsluːsˌɡeɪt) /


a valve or gate fitted to a sluice to control the rate of flow of waterSometimes shortened to: sluice See also floodgate (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for sluicegate (2 of 2)


/ (sluːs) /



Derived Forms

sluicelike, 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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