Sluice

Definition of Sluice

n.1.An artifical 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.
2.Hence, an opening or channel through which anything flows; a source of supply.
Each sluice of affluent fortune opened soon.
- Harte.
This home familiarity . . . opens the sluices of sensibility.
- I. Taylor.
3.The stream flowing through a flood gate.
4.(Mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, - used for washing auriferous earth.
Sluice gate
the sliding gate of a sluice.
v. t.1.To emit by, or as by, flood gates.
[imp. & p. p. Sluiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sluicing .]
2.To wet copiously, as by opening a sluice; as, to sluice meadows.
He dried his neck and face, which he had been sluicing with cold water.
- De Quincey.
3.To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.

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