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water gate

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a huge house with towers and turrets and a water gate with stairs.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • "You will find him at the water gate," bawled Touchett, as the boy ran past him.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • The stages then passed one by one to the water gate, where a second performance was given.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • Killed one convert and wounded two, there by the water gate.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • There were two figures dimly visible in the obscurity of the vaulted entrance to the water gate.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • They stopped at the water gate, close to the Bridge of Sighs, and Francis and his conductor entered.

  • A water gate, with an inscription evidently referring to the Nika sedition, was still standing a few years ago.

    Constantinople William Holden Hutton
  • Keeping Aime a few steps behind him, he went down the soft carpet and peered out at the bottom towards the water gate.

    The Fortieth Door

    Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Back of it was a water gate, which had also been closed and fastened by the owner before departing.

  • Of all his splendour, the only relic left is the water gate usually ascribed to Inigo Jones.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for water gate

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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