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water gate

a gate for halting or controlling the flow of water in a watercourse; floodgate.
a gateway leading to the edge of a body of water, as at a landing.
Origin of water gate
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Presently he stood before a water-gate which had been left ajar and through which a moonbeam pierced the darkness.

  • 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
  • With a great fear in his heart concerning what had happened he hurried along the fortification until he came to the water-gate.

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

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Immediately opposite the water-gate was the landport, or gateway giving access to the castle from the land.

    The Winning of the Golden Spurs Percy F. Westerman
  • I will take her down the other stair to the water-gate and put her in the boat, said Godiyeva.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • As he spoke they saw many men run from the auction-shed to the water-gate.

    The People Of The Mist H. Rider Haggard
  • Yea, sire; the Archbishop is even now gone down to the water-gate.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • Off ran the players, cramming costumes and properties into their wallets as they went, to see the Queen land at the water-gate.

  • Word was passed from man to man, and at once a rush was made for the water-gate.

British Dictionary definitions for water-gate

water gate

a gate in a canal, leat, etc that can be opened or closed to control the flow of water
a gate through which access may be gained to a body of water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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