sluice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sluice irrigate with water from a sluice "sluice the earth"
    • v sluice draw through a sluice "sluice water"
    • v sluice transport in or send down a sluice "sluice logs"
    • v sluice pour as if from a sluice "An aggressive tide sluiced across the barrier reef"
    • n sluice conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sluice (Mining) A long box or trough through which water flows, -- used for washing auriferous earth.
    • Sluice 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.
    • Sluice 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."
    • Sluice The stream flowing through a flood gate.
    • Sluice To emit by, or as by, flood gates.
    • Sluice To wash with, or in, a stream of water running through a sluice; as, to sluice eart or gold dust in mining.
    • Sluice 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sluice A body of water held in check by a flood-gate; a stream of water issuing through a flood-gate.
    • n sluice A gate or other contrivance by which the flow of water in a waterway is controlled; a flood-gate; also, an artificial passage or channel into which water is allowed to enter by such a gate; a sluiceway; hence, any artificial channel for running water: as, a mill -sluice. Sluices are extensively used in hydraulic works, and exhibit great variety in their construction, according to the purposes which they are intended to serve. Often used figuratively.
    • n sluice In mining, a trough made of boards, used for separating gold from the gravel and sand in which it occurs. Its bottom is lined with riffles, and these, with the help of quicksilver, arrest and detain the particles of gold as they are borne along by the current of water. The sluice may be of any width or length corresponding with the amount of material to be handled; but the supply of water must be sufficiently abundant, and the topographic conditions favorable, especially as regards the disposal of the tailings.
    • n sluice In steam-engines, the injection-valve by which the water of condensation is introduced into the condenser.
    • n sluice A tubulure or pipe through which water is directed at will.
    • sluice To open a flood-gate or sluice upon; let a copious flow of water on or in: as, to sluice a meadow.
    • sluice To draw out or off, as water, by a sluice: as, to sluice the water into the corn-fields or to a mill.
    • sluice To wet or lave abundantly.
    • sluice To scour out or cleanse by means of sluices: as, to sluice a harbor.
    • sluice To let out as by a sluice; cause to gush out.
    • n sluice Same as flume, 4.
    • sluice In lumbering: Same as flume, 2.
    • sluice To float (logs) through the sluiceway of a splash-dam. Same as splash, 5.
    • sluice To injure (as a team of horses or their driver) by the down-rush of a load of logs due to the breaking of the hawser used to control its descent over a steep slope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sluice slōōs a sliding gate in a frame for shutting off or regulating the flow of water: the stream which flows through it: that through which anything flows: a source of supply: in mining, a board trough for separating gold from placer-dirt carried through it by a current of water: the injection-valve in a steam-engine condenser
    • v.t Sluice to wet or drench copiously: to wash in or by a sluice: to flush or clean out with a strong flow of water
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. escluse, F. écluse, LL. exclusa, sclusa, from L. excludere, exclusum, to shut out: cf. D. sluis, sluice, from the Old French. See Exclude

Usage

In literature:

If we could get a sluice to work, we could make from twelve dollars to sixteen dollars a day each.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
The largest gold is caught near the head of the sluice; and the farther down the sluice, the finer the gold.
"Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining" by John S. Hittell
It almost seemed to me as deadening as the sluice of dreary Styx.
"Nirvana Days" by Cale Young Rice
And it was to accomplish this that France opened the sluices that have deluged the earth with blood!
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
This making alleys low sluice-ways for water is a great mistake in yards and gardens.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
There, after placing his wig upon the ball at the top, he used to sluice his head with its water.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Sujin's work was continued by his successor, who, in 6 A.D., ordered canals and sluices to be dug in more than eight hundred places.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Another cord closes the sluice and everything is stationary.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
SLUICE BOXES AND PREPARATIONS FOR WINTER.
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
By means of sluices we obtain partial control of the main stream.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
Then the attendant turned off the shower and sluiced the patient with powerful streams of water from the hoses.
"A Thought For Tomorrow" by Robert E. Gilbert
Later on, there was a sure-enough fight over a sluice, and the bullets went thick.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Ludwig was pleased with the meadow-valley where he had arranged the trench with sluices.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Karsten and I build waterworks, you see; we build dams and make sluices and waterfalls.
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
Here, for nearly two miles, she slipped with astonishing good luck down a narrow, sluice-like lane of almost smooth water.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It sounded as if in the distance water was pouring from an open sluice.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
Hooray for a good sluice to-morrow, anyhow.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
Now, however, the quantity of the water is regulated by sluices and the ceremony has fallen into disuse.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
Then, as if the sluice of some Cyclopean lock had been shut, the mighty mill-race halted and a mountain grew upon the face of the deep.
"The Pursuit" by Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
The rocker period lasted only about a year, and was succeeded by that of the sluice, a sort of magnified rocker, fifty or even a hundred feet long.
"The Life of Bret Harte" by Henry Childs Merwin
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In poetry:

To be a bony feed Sourdough
You must, by Yukon Law,
Have killed a moose,
And robbed a sluice,
AND BUNKED UP WITH A SQUAW. . . .
"No Sourdough" by Robert W Service
As waters from her sluices flow'd
Unbounded sorrow from her eyes;
To earth her bended front she bow'd,
And sent her wailings to the skies.
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
And the sea through all its tide-ways
Swept the reeling vessels sideways,
As the leaves are swept through sluices,
When the flood-gates open wide.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The sluice is down, the mill—race still,
Nor in mid—stream nor water's edge
Comes faintest ripple, tiniest rill,
To stir the flag, or sway the sedge.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
To me, not much;
But thee, it might indeed enrich: for when,
As often happens, money is at ebb,
Thou couldst unlock thy sluices, make advances,
And take in form of interest all thou wilt.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Palaemon.
Not mine betwixt such rivals to decide:
You well deserve the heifer, so does he,
With all who either fear the sweets of love,
Or taste its bitterness. Now, boys, shut off
The sluices, for the fields have drunk their fill.
"Eclogue III " by Virgil

In news:

He was born in Sluice Point, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.
The wind snapping at the sails, the prow sluicing the waves and Hefner Parkway just over there.
JEEPS head down the Big Sluice , the last bone-jarring challenge before arriving at Rubicon Springs.
THE LITTLE SLUICE is being restored to its historical appearance by removing boulders placed by extreme four-wheelers.
In the 1930s this 1927 Whippet Roadster drove through Little Sluice .
Just ask the staffers at the W Hotel next to the World Trade Center site, who saw one bobbing by last October when Sandy sluiced through the streets, onto the sidewalk, and into the lobby.
The Greenbelt Lake sluice gates were closed Wednesday to start refilling the lake, just in time for the three-day 13th Annual Foothills Fall Festival that starts Friday.
High pressure sluice water pump problems.
I am having some problems with a high pressure sluice water pump in the bottom ash system.
Mathiowetz Construction, general contractor for the levee , sought the extension after delivery delays held up the arrival of three sluice gates.
JEEPS head down the Big Sluice, the last bone-jarring challenge before arriving at Rubicon Springs.
A miner, often in a wetsuit underwater, feeds the tube with stream-bottom gravels, which are sucked up and run through a sluice that separates out heavier material – gold, if the miner is fortunate.
Features Jenny Coon Peterson The wind snapping at the sails, the prow sluicing the waves and Hefner Parkway just over there.
Slaves fed sugar cane between three wind-powered rollers and the juice drained down a sluice to a nearby factory for processing.
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