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water gate

1. See floodgate.
2. A gate, as in a fortification, that allows access to those traveling by boat.

water gate

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

wa′ter gate`

2. a gateway leading to the edge of a body of water, as at a landing.


(ˈwɔ tərˌgeɪt, ˈwɒt ər-)

1. a political scandal during the 1972 presidential campaign, arising from a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate building complex in Washington, D.C., and culminating in the resignation of President Nixon.
2. any scandal involving corruption and other abuses of power, and an attempt to conceal these activities from the public.
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Noun1.water gate - regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluicewater gate - 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
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The sentinel at the water gate was bribed with a bag containing ten livres weight of gold; and as far as the two gondoliers, they believed they were serving the Republic.
Visualize a Venice version of an oriental water gate opening in front of your eyes while strolling down the historical streets of Tai'erzhuang.
Contract awarded for City hall ventilation cuts and water gate installation work
Start at the seventh century Hanging Church, which is said to "hang" over the original water gate of Roman Babylon.
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One particular level with a log and a chasm too big to jump over and a water gate had me guessing for a good 20 minutes.
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And sure, he had masterminded that burglary of the Democratic offices in the Water Gate building, but Pierre had managed to single-handedly invoke the War Measures Act, putting paid to Quebec's brief dalliance with political violence in the name of independence.
Hence it was the water gate end because it was so close to the River Rea.
So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the broad place of the water gate, and in the broad place of the gate of Ephraim.
Business owner in the nearby areas said that their excessive rains triggered the inundation and real problem would begin if Bulgaria opens the water gate of its dams.
Another aquatic feat is accomplished by the Open Water Gate, which keeps track of swimmers' times via transponders they wear on their wrists and whose accuracy is backed up with high-definition cameras on poles.