• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Flood-gate a gate for letting water flow through, or to prevent it: an opening or passage: an obstruction
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flód; Dut. vloed, Ger. fluth. Cog. with flow.


In literature:

It wanted but that kindly voice and look to open the closed flood-gates of her heart.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
With the gates of good-nature opened, a veritable flood of gaiety burst out.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
This opened the flood-gates of wrath.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
It rained harder than ever, pouring down as if the flood-gates of heaven were opened.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
For they do not open the sluice-gates wide enough to let the waters reach flood-tide.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
The flood gates of the old woman's garrulity broke down.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
We had scarcely gathered our wits once more about us when the flood-gates of heaven were opened and down came the rain.
"The Congo Rovers" by Harry Collingwood
Tops of gates and hedges appeared above the flood, and sea-gulls, driven inland by the gales, swam over the pastures.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
Massive iron gates weighing sixty thousand pounds guard the outlet of the flood.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Fladgate is for flood-gate.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Necker conceded too much, and opened the flood-gates of revolution.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The flood-gates seemed to have opened.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
All the canals and openings from the sea are protected by flood-gates and sluices.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The flood-gates of vengeance now opened the hand of man cannot close.
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
There was a great pond near his house, with a flood-gate, where the water ran out.
"Anecdotes for Boys" by Harvey Newcomb
Anglo-Norman for a flood-gate or water-gate.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But it seemed as if the flood-gates of heaven were then opened.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
But the flood-gates were open now.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The vast flood-gates and cisterns by which this was accomplished may still be seen.
"Valeria" by William Henry Withrow
The flood-gate of feeling could not be kept closed.
"The Mother of St. Nicholas" by Grant Balfour

In poetry:

They wider still the flood-gates throw,
To let the red infernal river
O'er all the land in torrents flow;
Shut ye the flood-gates, never! never!
"The Warning Wail" by Janet Hamilton
We see the flood-gates opened wide,
We see ten thousand victims floating
Upon the foul and turbid tide,
And licensed vultures o'er them gloating.
"The Warning Wail" by Janet Hamilton
And the sea through all its tide-ways
Swept the reeling vessels sideways,
As the leaves are swept through sluices,
When the flood-gates open wide.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XI. -- Bishop Sigurd At " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But one strange night, a night of gale and flood,
A sound came louder than the wild wind's tone;
The grave-gates shook and opened: and one stood
Blue in the moonlight, rotten to the bone.
"A Man And His Image" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Sealed were the fountains of the deep,
The flood-gates barred, the storms asleep,
Yet word or sign was none
That said 'Baptized from sin and woe,
The buried earth re-lives, and lo!
Its new day hath begun.'
"The Bird Of Grace" by Samuel John Stone
An awful, a tremendous night is this, meseems!
The flood-gates of the rivers of heaven, I think, have been burst wide;
Down from the overcharged clouds, like to headlong ocean's tide,
Descends grey rain in roaring streams.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

Greg Kahn/Staff Rainwater from recent storms flood a front yard on White Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates on Oct 31, 2011.
A little more than two years ago, Enron opened the gates to what seemed like a flood of corporate scandal.
Flood gate open for 4-0 Rutgers.
Pierson Construction Company Inc for the reconstruction of the Repaupo Creek Flood Gate s.
700-pound bronze shaft used to control flood gate stolen.
Pierson Construction Company Inc for the reconstruction of the Repaupo Creek Flood Gates.
Flood gates are closed, main street seemed to be safe behind the gates.
As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test.
City acquires FEMA grant for warning system, gate, in event of flooding.
With a new water-control gate in place, flooding began this week on the 800-acre green tree reservoir north of Harris Brake Lake at Harris Brake Wildlife Management Area in Perry County.
0Hannibal may not have to use flood gates this spring season.
Worcester shut off water gates that feed the city's lines Monday night to repair a large water main break that led Worcester State University to cancel Tuesday's classes because of flooding on campus.
Flooding in Mountain Gate .
Democrats' supermajority won't open flood gates .
This was the scene in April when the Potomac River rose to damage Washington Harbor properties MRP faces a lawsuit for not raising flood gates.