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

  • n. An artificial channel, especially one for carrying off excess water.

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  • n. a man-made channel designed to redirect excess water

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificial channel into which water is let by a sluice; specifically, a trough constructed over the bed of a stream, so that logs, lumber, or rubbish can be floated down to some convenient place of delivery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An artificial passage or channel into which water is let by a sluice; hence, any small artificial channel for running water.
  • n. The opening in a splash-dam through which logs pass.

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

  • n. conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate


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sluice +‎ way


  • No sooner had the flow of liquor from Rum Row in the Northeast been stanched than it began to gush in unprecedented quantities through the sluiceway that was Detroit, where an overmatched prosecutor said, “The greatest obstacle to the attainment of Prohibition is the Constitution of the United States, the instrument that decreed its birth.”


  • I constructed near the seashore a little sluiceway, to draw off the water whenever I desired.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The river had narrowed, and the tons of water squeezing into this natural funnel spout had essentially transformed a lazy stream into a raging sluiceway.


  • The southern one, on the other hand, covered also with a scanty vegetation and scattered trees, broadened out so as nearly to land-lock the cove behind it, and cause its waters to rush in or out, according to the tide, through an exceedingly contracted passage at its extreme southwestern end, popularly known as "the sluiceway."

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume XIII, No. 51: November 12, 1892

  • The object of this laborious operation is obvious, as the long tunnel becomes a sluiceway, and through the whole length of which sluice boxes are laid, for the double motive of carrying off the material and saving the gold, and for this purpose a trough of strong planks is placed in the tunnel, 2½ feet wide, and with sides high enough to contain the stream.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884

  • The pavement of the trough is generally laid of blocks of wood 6 inches in thickness, cut across the grain, and placed on their ends, to the width of the sluiceway.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884

  • Corney boasted, immediately swinging around, and heading toward the spot where the moss-covered wheel of the deserted mill could be seen, with little streams of water trickling over it from the broken sluiceway above.

    Fred Fenton on the Track or, The Athletes of Riverport School

  • "They can't get out of the sluiceway gate, there's a wooden grating there."

    Hidden Treasure

  • Each mill had its sluiceway but they were all side by side.

    Old Rail Fence Corners The A. B. C's. of Minnesota History

  • The sluiceway was about four feet wide and three feet deep, and there was a great quantity of water flowing through it.

    Jack Ranger's Western Trip Or, from Boarding School to Ranch and Range


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