head·​gate | \ ˈhed-ˌgāt How to pronounce headgate (audio) \

Definition of headgate

: a gate for controlling the water flowing into a channel (such as an irrigation ditch)

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The team was training near a headgate on June 11 when one of the firefighters spotted a body in the water. Anchorage Daily News, "4 border deaths in Texas could be a preview of the summer," 13 June 2019 Downstream from the diversion dam are the headgates, the main control valves for each ditch. Robert Neuwirth, National Geographic, "Centuries-old irrigation system shows how to manage scarce water," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of headgate

1772, in the meaning defined above

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