Head gates

head gate

a control gate at the upstream end of a canal or lock.
a floodgate of a race, sluice, etc.

1830–40, Americanism

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head gate
1.  Compare tail gate a gate that is used to control the flow of water at the upper end of a lock or conduit
2.  another name for floodgate

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