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TiMonster
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 6:06:24 AM
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Quick question for you :

In the sentence : Now, vast caverns gaped wide with tenement houses and ore sluices.

What does "ore sluices" mean ?
I know the two words separately but I can't figure the meaning of the two of them combined
thar
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 6:42:22 AM

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What do you have for the individual meanings?

Sluices are channels with gates or baffles to control flow, but can include the function of washing.
Mined material needs to be washed or tumbled down a sluice to wash away the dirt and separate the ore. (Or gold)







I wouldn't do it too near houses, though, so I am not sure what this is describing!





TiMonster
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 6:51:23 AM
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Thank you thar.

I did not know about the washing purpose of sluices (not even explained in the dictionaries I consulted). Now this makes sens.

Edit: it was actually explained in the dictionary, I just missed the entry...
thar
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 7:03:29 AM

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Yes, it has taken on the meaning of washing so much that you even refer to a sluice room in a hospital where you wash things like bedpans (as opposed to laundering sheets).

So, depending on a person's personal experience, the word 'sluice' could conjure up two completely different images:
- water channel and gates to control water flow in a river or canal
- a room with sinks and sterilising machines in a hospital.
NKM
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 8:57:33 AM

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I've long been familiar with the word "sluice" in various industrial settings, but I'd never heard it used for simply washing (bedpans or otherwise).

We live and learn!

TiMonster
Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:58:03 AM
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NKM wrote:
I've long been familiar with the word "sluice" in various industrial settings, but I'd never heard it used for simply washing (bedpans or otherwise).

We live and learn!



This is why I love my job. Translating allows me to learn new things every day :) (both in English and in French)
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