Definition of sluice verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sluice

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sluːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sluːs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sluice
    BrE BrE//sluːs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sluːs//
     
    he / she / it sluices
    BrE BrE//ˈsluːsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsluːsɪz//
     
    past simple sluiced
    BrE BrE//sluːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sluːst//
     
    past participle sluiced
    BrE BrE//sluːst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sluːst//
     
    -ing form sluicing
    BrE BrE//ˈsluːsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsluːsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] sluice something (down/out) | sluice something (with something) to wash something with a stream of water The ship's crew was sluicing down the deck. I quickly sluiced my face with cold water.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of water) to flow somewhere in large quantities Rain was sluicing down. Water came sluicing out of the house.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Old French escluse ‘sluice gate’, based on Latin excludere ‘exclude’. The verb dates from the late 16th cent.
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