Sluice (?), n. [OF. escluse, F. 'ecluse, 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 of 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.

 

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Sluice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sluiced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sluicing (?).]

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.

 

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