Definition of leat in English:

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Pronunciation: /liːt/


An open watercourse conducting water to a mill: the Little Avon was used to feed the millpond via a half mile long leat
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  • Due to the necessity of following the contours the length of the leat was seventeen and a half miles.
  • Factory buildings spread from the leats on the west side of the river up the north side of Exwick Hill.
  • There are a number of leats existing in Somerset and a typical example can be seen at the Mill at Warren Farm, Exmoor.


Late 16th century: from Old English -gelǣt (recorded in wætergelǣt 'water channel'), related to lǣtan 'to let'.

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