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FLOODGATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does floodgate mean? 

FLOODGATE (noun)
  The noun FLOODGATE has 2 senses:

1. something that restrains a flood or outpouring
2. regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice

  Familiarity information: FLOODGATE used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLOODGATE (noun)


Sense 1floodgate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that restrains a flood or outpouring

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants

Hypernyms ("floodgate" is a kind of...):

restraint (a rule or condition that limits freedom)


Sense 2floodgate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

head gate; penstock; sluice valve; sluicegate; water gate; floodgate

Hypernyms ("floodgate" is a kind of...):

regulator (any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.)

Holonyms ("floodgate" is a part of...):

penstock; sluice; sluiceway (conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate)


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