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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.
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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.
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1. a gate designed to regulate the flow of water.
2. anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something.
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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
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[ˈflʌdgeɪt] Ncompuerta f, esclusa f
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Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office, which calls for the installation of beachfront sand dunes and massive storm surge barrier gates, won't become reality for at least 15 years - and probably much longer.
"A storm surge barrier system protecting New York City and parts of New Jersey could cost $2.7 million per meter," Michael Cembalest, the asset manager's chairman of market and investment strategy, wrote in his annual "Eye on the Market" energy newsletter in April.
Making up the Netherlands' largest flood defence system are the 13 Delta Works: three locks, six dams and four storm surge barriers. 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." Together, those projects will cost well over $10 billion and will likely require contributions from several layers of government.
The company, Tocardo Tidal Turbines, said it will install five tidal turbines at the storm surge barrier of the Eastern Scheldt Estuary.