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

  • n. The part of a millrace below the water wheel through which the spent water flows.
  • n. A channel for floating away mine tailings and refuse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a millrace that carries water away from a water wheel.
  • n. The part of a hydropower facility that carries water away from a turbine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See race, n., 6.
  • n. The channel in which tailings, suspended in water, are conducted away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The channel in which water runs from a mill after driving the wheel.

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

  • n. a watercourse that carries water away from a mill or water wheel or turbine


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  • Guadalupe River tailrace is hot right now. 20 rainbows are common.

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  • North Dakota's Garrison Dam tailrace is a fishery near Pick City with trout over 20 pounds.

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  • Wade A. Rubia is one of 10 men charged in relation to Operation Click, an undercover investigation into a salmon poaching ring involving the area known as the tailrace in Deer Lake.

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  • [Hackney] played it conservative the first day, exploded the second day with a heavy tailrace bag, held tough on day 3 with a four-fish, 4-03 bag, then brought home the trophy with a day's-best 5-06 limit.

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  • My best day saver was a striper I caught while fishing for trout on the lower Saluda River, a cold tailrace section, in SC.

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  • For example, last year our wildlife department verified natural reproduction in both rainbows and browns in the Lower Mountain Fork river, which is a fantastic year-round tailrace fishery in SE Oklahoma.

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  • Well, if we're to be using abandoned tunnels for this scheme, I don't think I'll be rapelling down behind Niagara Falls to enjoy that spectacle, just in case someone decided to tie that particular tailrace into the proceedings.

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  • * GREEN RIVER When other rivers rage with runoff, the Green, tamed by Flaming Gorge Dam, provides a tailrace trout fishery that attracts flyfishers from surrounding states.


  • A hydroelectric power generator combines several main components: a reservoir to store water, an intake system with control gates and intake pipes called penstocks, turbines driven by the high-energy water flow, electricity generators driven by the turbines, transformers to convert the power output to higher voltage, and an outflow system, or tailrace, to discharge the water.

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  • One hotspot is the tailrace below Wilson Dam near Florence, Alabama, which is effectively Pickwick's headwater.

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