One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A deep gully eroded by rainfall.
ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valleyView synonyms
- ‘We were ages in getting through the town; the wagons were always getting stuck in the sand and sluits, and then they had to wait for each other.’
- ‘The water in the canals and sluits is generally clean (except in the cities) but usually a muddy brown color.’
- ‘The only difficulties met with were such as are still common to African travellers - occasional want of water and troubles about crossing sluits and rivers.’
- 1.1historical A narrow water channel constructed for irrigation.
Afrikaans, from Dutch sloot ‘ditch’.
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