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sluice (plural sluices)
- 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.
- Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.
- Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon.
- I. Taylor
- This home familiarity […] opens the sluices of sensibility.
- The stream flowing through a flood gate.
- (mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, used for washing auriferous earth.
- (linguistics) An instance of wh-stranding ellipsis, or sluicing.
passage for water
- (rare) To emit by, or as by, flood gates. -Milton.
- To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows. Howitt.
- He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water. -De Quincey.
- To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice earth or gold dust in a sluice box in placer mining.
- To elide the C` in a coordinated wh-question
- (washing in mining): pan
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.