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head gate

noun
1.
a control gate at the upstream end of a canal or lock.
2.
a floodgate of a race, sluice, etc.
Origin of head gate
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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  • That night, or rather in the early hours of the following morning, a horseman came spurring up to the head gate of Colchester.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for head gate

head gate

noun
1.
a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the upper end of a lock or conduit Compare tail gate
2.
another name for floodgate (sense 1)
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