water gate

  1. a gate for halting or controlling the flow of water in a watercourse; floodgate.
  2. 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

Historical Examples of water gate

  • The girl was then on her knees, with clasped hands, at the water-gate.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • I found the water-gate barred, and had to walk round through the bushes.

  • 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.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • Yea, sire; the Archbishop is even now gone down to the water-gate.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

British Dictionary definitions for water gate

water gate

  1. a gate in a canal, leat, etc that can be opened or closed to control the flow of water
  2. a gate through which access may be gained to a body of water
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