from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fast-moving stream of water that drives a mill wheel.
  • n. The channel for the water that drives a mill wheel. Also called millrun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of mill race.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the canal in which water is conveyed to a mill wheel, or the current of water which drives the wheel.
  • n. a channel from a millpond to a millwheel, to provide the water current that turns the millwheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The current of water that drives a mill-wheel, or the channel in which it flows from the dam to the mill.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a channel for the water current that turns a millwheel


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  • The millrace is a choke of earth, a whisper of weeds.


  • Just above the millrace was a quiet pool under the bank where great, fragrant water-lilies floated upon the surface.

    A Little Miss Nobody Or, With the Girls of Pinewood Hall

  • Last week, over a meadow by the millrace, one exited left, pursued by a crow, issuing an agitated stream of peeps.

    Country diary: Bedfordshire

  • In the morning he discovered that Mouse had been right—the boat still bobbed like a cork in a millrace, but the air was clear, the sea sparkled, and Edoran was actually hungry!

    Crown of Earth

  • On the Saturday evening she threw herself from the footbridge into the millrace.


  • No. You must solve the riddle of the millrace as your conscience will allow you — if you have any conscience still left.


  • In the nineteenth century, the rivière la chute was made into a millrace.

    Champlain's Dream

  • She stumbled down the calada, holding her skirts above her ankles to prevent them being soaked by the water cascading over the cobbles like a millrace.


  • That a head in thighs under a bush at the sunface would bait a serpent to a millrace through the heather.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Near the sawmill shore, near what might have been safety, the ice simply ended in a deep flow of river water from the millrace.

    Harbinger Hall


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  • Water in the millrace, through a sluice of stone,

    plunges headlong into that black pond

    from "Winter Landscape, with Rooks," by Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008