floodgate definition by Webster's New World
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- a gate in a stream or canal, to control the height and flow of the water; sluice
- anything like this in controlling a flow or an outburst
floodgate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gate used to control the flow of a body of water. Also called water gate.
- Something that restrains a flood or outpouring: The ruling opened the floodgates to refugees seeking asylum.