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sluice noun 1 a channel or drain for water. 2 (in full sluicegate) a valve or sliding gate for regulating the flow of water in such a channel. 3 a trough for washing gold or other minerals out of sand, etc. 4 an act of washing down or rinsing. verb (sluiced, sluicing) 1 to let out or drain by means of a sluice. 2 to wash down or rinse by throwing water on.
ETYMOLOGY: 14c: from French escluse, from Latin exclusa (aqua) (water) shut out.
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