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Meaning of SLUICE

Pronunciation:  sloos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
  2. [v]  irrigate with water from a sluice; "sluice the earth"
  3. [v]  draw through a sluice, as of water
  4. [v]  transport in or send down a sluice, as of logs
  5. [v]  flow or pour from or as if from a sluice
  6. [v]  pour as if from a sluice; "An aggressive tide sluiced across the barrier reef"

SLUICE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: flush, penstock, sluice down, sluiceway
 See Also: conduit, douse, dowse, draw, drench, floodgate, flow, flux, head gate, pelt, pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, sluice valve, sluicegate, soak, sop, souse, stream, take out, transport, water gate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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, 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.
             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.
  2. \Sluice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sluiced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To emit by, or as by, flood gates. [R.] --Milton.
    2. 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.
    3. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a
       sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.