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Meaning of word floodgate from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

floodgate   noun

Meaning : Something that restrains a flood or outpouring.

Example : Suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants.

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

Synonyms : head gate, penstock, sluice valve, sluicegate, water gate