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tailrace Syllabification: tail·race
Pronunciation: /ˈtālrās/

Definition of tailrace in English:


A water channel below a dam or water mill.
Example sentences
  • A major search was continuing along the Limerick-Clare border last night after the 16-year-olds were reported missing in the tailrace at Ardnacrusha generating station, near Parteen village and three miles from Limerick city.
  • This 19th-century sawmill, built by Swiss immigrant John Sutter to mill lumber for American homesteaders, became the serendipitous point of origin for the California Gold Rush when a chunk of gold was discovered in its tailrace.
  • ‘We used to sit the tins in the wheelbarrow and take them to the tailrace at the south end of the beach to empty.
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