sluice

1. noun
a) An artificial passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream, for stopping or regulating the flow; also, a water gate or flood gate.

Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon. -Harte.

b) Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.

This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of sensibility. -I. Taylor.

2. verb
a) To emit by, or as by, flood gates. -Milton.

He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water. -De Quincey.

b) To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt.

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  • sluice — [slo͞os] n. [ME scluse < OFr escluse & LL exclusa < fem. pp. of L excludere, to shut out, EXCLUDE] 1. an artificial channel or passage for water, having a gate or valve at its head to regulate the flow, as in a canal or millstream 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Sluice — Sluice, n. [OF. escluse, F. [ e]cluse, LL. exclusa, sclusa, from L. excludere, exclusum, to shut out: cf. D. sluis sluice, from the Old French. See {Exclude}.] 1. An artifical passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate, as in a mill stream,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sluice — Sluice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sluiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sluicing}.] 1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt. [1913 Webster] He dried his neck and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sluice — ● sluice nom masculin (anglais sluice, canal) Chenal incliné muni de riffles transversaux, à l aval et à l amont desquels s accumulent les minéraux les plus denses …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sluice — mid 14c., aphetic of O.Fr. escluse sluice, floodgate, from L.L. exclusa barrier to shut out water (in aqua exclusa water shut out ), from fem. sing. of L. exclusus, pp. of excludere shut out (see EXCLUDE (Cf. exclude)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sluice — sluice; un·sluice; …   English syllables

  • sluice — ► NOUN 1) (also sluice gate) a sliding gate or other device for controlling the flow of water. 2) (also sluiceway) an artificial water channel for carrying off overflow or surplus water. 3) an act of rinsing or showering with water. ► VERB ▪ wash …   English terms dictionary

  • sluice — vb *pour, stream, gush Analogous words: flood, inundate, deluge (see corresponding nouns at FLOOD): drench, *soak …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Sluice — A sluice gate. Sluice gate located on the …   Wikipedia

  • sluice — sluicelike, adj. /sloohs/, n., v., sluiced, sluicing. n. 1. an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate (sluice gate) at the upper end for regulating the flow. 2. the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate …   Universalium

  • sluice — [[t]slus[/t]] n. v. sluiced, sluic•ing 1) civ an artificial channel for conducting water, often fitted with a gate(sluice′ gate )at the upper end for regulating the flow 2) civ the body of water held back or controlled by a sluice gate 3) civ a… …   From formal English to slang

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