a control gate at the upstream end of a canal or lock.
a floodgate of a race, sluice, etc.
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How to use head gate in a sentence
Our supply could thus be regulated at the flume instead of going all the way up to the old head-gate for the purpose.The Trail of The Badger | Sidford F. Hamp
Then, the flume being ready, we two and Pedro went up and raised the stone head-gate three inches.The Trail of The Badger | Sidford F. Hamp
All of the drops, as well as the head-gate and flood weirs, were finished, standing as if hewn out of solid white stone.The Iron Furrow | George C. Shedd
It was the sodden fleece of the old ewe, which had been drifted against the head-gate and held there to her death.In Exile and Other Stories | Mary Hallock Foote
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
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