- a gate for halting or controlling the flow of water in a watercourse; floodgate.
- a gateway leading to the edge of a body of water, as at a landing.
Origin of water gate
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for water gate
The girl was then on her knees, with clasped hands, at the water-gate.Lord Jim
I found the water-gate barred, and had to walk round through the bushes.An Outcast of the Islands
I will meet you to-morrow at this hour at the water-gate of the palace.Romance of Roman Villas
Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
I will take her down the other stair to the water-gate and put her in the boat, said Godiyeva.
Yea, sire; the Archbishop is even now gone down to the water-gate.
- a gate in a canal, leat, etc that can be opened or closed to control the flow of water
- a gate through which access may be gained to a body of water
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