from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The material of a sluice or sluiceway.

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  • verb Present participle of sluice.
  • noun The act by which something is sluiced; a copious wetting; a drenching.
  • noun linguistics A kind of ellipsis, introduced by an interrogative, where (usually) everything except the interrogative is elided from the clause, as in "I like him, but I don't know why".

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  • adjective pouring from or as if from a sluice


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  • ...and then she went to sluicing out coffee with one hand and cracking the handiest child's head with her thimble with the other... HF 37

    December 9, 2006