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tailrace

[ teyl-reys ]
/ ˈteɪlˌreɪs /
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noun
the race, flume, or channel leading away from a waterwheel or the like.
Mining. the channel for conducting tailings or refuse away in water.
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Origin of tailrace

First recorded in 1770–80; tail1 + race1
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British Dictionary definitions for tailrace

tailrace
/ (ˈteɪlˌreɪs) /

noun
a channel that carries water away from a water wheel, turbine, etcCompare headrace
mining the channel for removing tailings in water
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