Definition of race

  • An aqueduct, a canal, or artificial watercourse used for conveying water from a stream, a spring, or a dam, to a mining claim or a mill. Races are cut through soil and rock, and where a saving in length is to be gained by crossing a gully instead of skirting a hill, the water is conveyed in flumes (boxes or troughs constructed of wood).

– The Gold Fields and Mineral Districts of Victoria, 1869