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1. A gate used to control the flow of a body of water. Also called water gate.
2. Something that restrains a flood or outpouring: The ruling opened the floodgates to refugees seeking asylum.


1. (Civil Engineering) Also called: head gate or water gate a gate in a sluice that is used to control the flow of water. See also sluicegate
2. (often plural) a control or barrier against an outpouring or flow: to open the floodgates to immigration.



1. a gate designed to regulate the flow of water.
2. anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.floodgate - something that restrains a flood or outpouringfloodgate - something that restrains a flood or outpouring; "suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants"
restraint - a rule or condition that limits freedom; "legal restraints"; "restraints imposed on imports"
2.floodgate - regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluicefloodgate - regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice
regulator - any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
sluice, sluiceway, penstock - conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate


[ˈflʌdgeɪt] Ncompuerta f, esclusa f
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The largest and most famous of the Delta Works is the 9-kilometre-long Oosterschelde (Eastern Scheldt) storm surge barrier, which seals off the former estuary when the water level is predicted to rise to more than 3 metres above Normal Amsterdam Peil.
Bettencourt said the state funds could go toward a new reservoir in western Houston, upgrades to two existing reservoirs and a physical storm surge barrier often referred to as a "coastal spine.
Engineering services for the construction of a storm surge barrier with a length of about 500 meters on the southern Alten Strom in Rostock - Warnemnde.
The company, Tocardo Tidal Turbines, said it will install five tidal turbines at the storm surge barrier of the Eastern Scheldt Estuary.
Also in Holland - where 27% of the country is below sea level - the landmark Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier has been closed off for the first time in six years.