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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.
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Origin of head gate

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for head gate

Historical Examples

  • It was the sodden fleece of the old ewe which had been drifted against the "head-gate," and held there to her death.

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • 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


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 conduitCompare tail gate
  2. another name for floodgate (def. 1)
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