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flood·gate

 (flŭd′gāt′)
n.
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.

floodgate

(ˈflʌdˌɡeɪt)
n
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.

flood•gate

(ˈflʌdˌgeɪt)

n.
1. a gate designed to regulate the flow of water.
2. anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something.
[1175–1225]
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
Translations
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floodgate

[ˈflʌdgeɪt] Ncompuerta f, esclusa f
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION and/or JUSTIFICATION: Rebuild spillway structure to accommodate a full Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) event to include demolition of bascule gate and existing spillway - concept complete FY 2011.