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SLUICE, SLUSE, n. [L. claudo, clausi, clausus; Low L. exclusa. The most correct orthography is sluse.]

1. The stream of water issuing through a flood-gate; or the gate itself. If the word had its origin in shutting; it denoted the frame of boards or planks which closes the opening of a mill dam; but I believe it is applied to the stream, the gate and channel. It is a common saying, that a rapid stream runs like a sluse.

2. An opening; a source of supply; that through which any thing flows. Each sluice of affluent fortune open'd soon.



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SLUICE, SLUSE, n. [L. claudo, clausi, clausus; Low L. exclusa. The most correct orthography is sluse.]

1. The stream of water issuing through a flood-gate; or the gate itself. If the word had its origin in shutting; it denoted the frame of boards or planks which closes the opening of a mill dam; but I believe it is applied to the stream, the gate and channel. It is a common saying, that a rapid stream runs like a sluse.

2. An opening; a source of supply; that through which any thing flows. Each sluice of affluent fortune open'd soon.
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Sluice
  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. To emit by, or as by, flood gates.

    [R.] Milton.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The stream flowing through a flood gate.
  6. To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.
  7. A long box or trough through which water flows, -- used for washing auriferous earth.

    Sluice gate, the sliding gate of a sluice.

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Sluice

SLUICE, SLUSE, noun [Latin claudo, clausi, clausus; Low Latin exclusa. The most correct orthography is sluse.]

1. The stream of water issuing through a flood-gate; or the gate itself. If the word had its origin in shutting; it denoted the frame of boards or planks which closes the opening of a mill dam; but I believe it is applied to the stream, the gate and channel. It is a common saying, that a rapid stream runs like a sluse.

2. An opening; a source of supply; that through which any thing flows. Each sluice of affluent fortune open'd soon.

SLUICE, SLUSE, verb transitive To emit by flood-gates. [Little used]

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