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  • n. an artificial watercourse, canal or aqueduct, but especially a millrace

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificial water trench, esp. one to or from a mill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To leak; pour.
  • n. A meeting of cross-roads.
  • n. A watercourse or a trench for conveying water to engine- or mill-wheels.
  • n. See the quotations.


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  • "I was curious about the watermills. The locals spoke of these mills as they might have referred to old mine workings or to the quicksands of tidal flats, to ice-covered ponds or the craters of rumbling volcanoes; I sensed it might pay this visiting canoeist to understand the local view if only because watermills meant no more to me than innocuous echoes of a pre-industrial past, a stock feature of picturesque period landscapes, high wheels turning harmlessly within the barred confines of their leats."

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