Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The up-stream gate of a canal-lock.
  • n. Any water- or flood-gate of a race or sluice.

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Examples

  • To remedy the defect a temporary canal was cut around the head-gate.

    Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania

  • Opening the head-gate, he poised sharply upon its extremity and took off in a perfect swan-dive; floating unconcernedly down toward that boiling maelstrom two hundred feel below.

    Spacehounds of IPC

  • I could drain the lake until the surface of the water gradually came down to the intake, when I could put in a concrete pier with an iron head-gate and regulate the flow.

    The Long Chance

  • To pass the head-gate and the flume gave him an acute pang, while the high trestle which represented so much toil and sweat, hurt him like a stab.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • When the trestle was well along Bruce commenced sawing lumber for the half mile of flume which was to bring the water from the head-gate across the trestle to the pressure-box above the power-house.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • Nearly every head-gate the length of it had been the scene of a bloody battle where the ranchers fought each other with irrigating shovels for their rights.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

  • So I threw the wheel out of gear, one night, and lifted the head-gate of the race full open, to flow a hard stream through and wash the tail-race deeper.

    Gold Seekers of '49

  • It was the sodden fleece of the old ewe, which had been drifted against the head-gate and held there to her death.

    In Exile and Other Stories

  • He was obliged to make a detour by the orchard, and come out at the "mill-head" below; -- a black, deep pool, with an ugly ripple setting across it to the "head-gate."

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)

  • It was the sodden fleece of the old ewe which had been drifted against the "head-gate," and held there to her death.

    Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)

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