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noun

a control gate at the upstream end of a canal or lock.
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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head gate

noun

a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the upper end of a lock or conduitCompare tail gate
another name for floodgate (def. 1)
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