Definition of tailrace in English:



  • A water channel below a dam or water mill.

    ‘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.’



/ˈtālrās/ /ˈteɪlreɪs/