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Pronunciation: /sluːs/

Translation of sluice in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (barrier) presa (feminine), represa (feminine) (South America/América del Sur)
    Example sentences
    • The sluice gate regulates the volume of water that strikes the wheel, and has to be judged with some care to prevent the mill stones from spinning too fast and vibrating too much.
    • Xiaolangdi, a major reservoir along the notoriously flood-prone river, opened its sluice gate to release extra water from downpours during the past week, the report said.
    • The pent-up waters, controlled by a sluice gate, were directed past the mill wheel, driving the wooden gears, shafts and millstones.
    1.2 (sluicegate) compuerta (feminine) 1.3 (sluiceway) canal (masculine) de desagüe
    Example sentences
    • These rapids range from tame sluiceways to a shoulder-high waterfall.
    • We will have an intersection here the size of a village, twin bridges spanning the banks of the mighty ring road, a centrifuge pulsing cars through sluiceways.
    • The Jordan Valley is a perfect avian sluiceway; for millennia a feathery tide has ridden it, indifferent to the human dramas playing out below.
  • 2 (quick wash) (British English/inglés británico) to give sth a sluice (down) lavar or enjuagar* algo con abundante agua

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • to sluice sth down/out lavar or enjuagar* algo con abundante agua

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • correr a raudales

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