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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.
Origin of head gate
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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 conduit Compare tail gate
2.
another name for floodgate (sense 1)
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