Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A narrow channel of the East River in New York City between Manhattan and Long Island. It was named by the Dutch navigator Adriaen Block (fl. 1610–1624), who passed through it into Long Island Sound in 1614.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The portal or entrance into hell.

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Examples

  • It was up this tidal passage that Champlain was sailing from the waters of the Sheepscot to the Kennebec, and the "narrow waterfall" was what is now called the upper Hell Gate, which is only fifty yards wide, hemmed in by walls of rock on both sides.

    Voyages of Samuel De Champlain — Volume 02

  • Bound for Fort Benton in the Montana Territory, its cargo was destined for the gold towns of Hell Gate, Virginia City, and Deer Lodge, but on the morning of April 1, 1865, the steamer hit a snag about 25 miles above Omaha and reportedly sank in five minutes.

    Steam Machines

  • The East River connects the Upper Bay of New York with Long Island Sound, and because it has two entrances—at the tip of Manhattan and at Hell Gate, the opening to Long Island Sound—and two distinct tidal movements arriving at these points at different times of the day, its currents are quite unlike those of any ordinary river.

    The Great Bridge

  • The bottom of Hell Gate, in New York harbor, was blown out by Gen. Newton by the same means, and would have been impossible otherwise.

    Steam, Steel and Electricity

  • You come ashore and tell the captain who you are and what you want, and if he says Hell Gate, why, you'll get there, and if he don't, you won't.

    The Secret Wireless or, The Spy Hunt of the Camp Brady Patrol

  • Ward's Island, past Hell Gate, with its swirling currents, and on into the Sound, he traveled in imagination, examining every point and word on the map, but he saw nothing suggestive.

    The Secret Wireless or, The Spy Hunt of the Camp Brady Patrol

  • Since that there has another come through & anchored just above Hell Gate opposite Harlem Church almost.

    The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn

  • It was in this year that General Custer was killed by the Sioux; that the flimsy iron railway bridge fell at Ashtabula; that the ` ` Molly Maguires '' terrorized Pennsylvania; that the first wire of the Brooklyn Bridge was strung; and that Boss Tweed and Hell Gate were both put out of the way in New York.

    The History of the Telephone

  • Pennsylvania; that the first wire of the Brooklyn Bridge was strung; and that Boss Tweed and Hell Gate were both put out of the way in New York.

    The History of the Telephone

  • Providentially there was a shredding of the fog at Hell Gate, a shore-breeze flicking the mists off the surface of the water.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

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