a channel controlled by a sluice gate.
any artificial channel for water.

Origin of sluiceway

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; sluice + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sluiceway

Historical Examples of sluiceway

  • "He must, because he ain't in the sluiceway," remarked the tall boy.


    Alan Douglas

  • A pond, with a sluiceway which, when opened, gives on the ravine.

  • Booms were strung, forming a funnel of which the sluiceway was the outlet.

    The Boss of Wind River

    David Goodger (

  • Then came the grand finish —the closing of this sluiceway through the dam.

    Two Little Savages

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • Cottrell chose a spot overlooking the packed logs and the sliding water of the sluiceway.

    The Boss of Wind River

    David Goodger (

Science definitions for sluiceway



An artificial channel, especially one for carrying off a portion of the current of a stream, canal, or other larger body of water.
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