Floodgate



[fluhd-geyt] /ˈflʌdˌgeɪt/

noun
1.
Civil Engineering. a designed to regulate the flow of water.
2.
anything serving to control the indiscriminate flow or passage of something.
/ˈflʌdˌɡeɪt/
noun
1.
Also called head gate, water gate. a gate in a sluice that is used to control the flow of water See also sluicegate
2.
(often pl) a control or barrier against an outpouring or flow: to open the floodgates to immigration
n.

early 13c. in the figurative sense (especially with reference to tears or rain); literal sense is mid-15c.; from flood (n.) + gate (n.).

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