head·​gate ˈhed-ˌgāt How to pronounce headgate (audio)
: a gate for controlling the water flowing into a channel (such as an irrigation ditch)

Examples of headgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seus agreed with DuVal that an ugly situation between the headgate demonstrators and the federal government would reflect poorly on the Klamath Basin. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 In April, Dan Nielsen and Grant Knoll bought property next to the irrigation canal headgate in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Rachel Ramirez, Lucy Kafanov and Leslie Perrot, CNN, 10 June 2021 When the lake level plummeted earlier this year, federal officials decided to shutter a headgate that has delivered water to communities around the basin since 1907. Rachel Ramirez, Lucy Kafanov and Leslie Perrot, CNN, 10 June 2021 When the screens are cleaned, a surge of water enters the canal causing headgate adjustments. Michael Kohn, oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2020 They have, however, been forced to hire field representatives who try to get neighbors to cooperate and who have authority to close the headgate if a neighborhood just lets the water run. Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 The team was training near a headgate on June 11 when one of the firefighters spotted a body in the water. Washington Post, 24 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headgate was in 1772

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“Headgate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgate. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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