from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a gate that can be locked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gate for opening or closing a lock in a canal, or sometimes in a river.
  • n. There are various forms of lock-gates, the more common of which are the miter gate and the sliding gate. In the former, the gate at each end of the lock is composed of two leaves, each turning about a vertical axis at the side wall of the lock, when open standing parallel with the side wall, and when closed abutting together at an obtuse angle, the surface of contact between the two gates forming a miter. A sliding lock-gate is one which, when the lock is to be opened, slides horizontally into a recess in the masonry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gate that can be locked


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  • I love to see the mills turn out at twelve o'clock; it's like a living stream of human beings pouring out of a lock-gate, and

    Sarah's School Friend

  • 'Am I intoxicated, or, at least, was I till I turned the lock-gate winch and set the waters foaming?

    Despair's Last Journey

  • Rowles went out, and his voice was heard in conversation with that of another man; then the lifting up of the sluices broke the stillness, and the creaking of the lock-gate as it opened.

    Littlebourne Lock

  • It was the lock-gate slowly opening, and the sight was even more impressive when, where the man had been, there towered up, only a yard or so in front, a sheer, black wall, high as a house.

    Death of a Harbormaster

  • A man walked past the lock-gate; as he walked under a lamp a gun-barrel glinted on his shoulder.

    Death of a Harbormaster

  • The upper lock-gate was opening, and the steamer about to move into the canal.

    Death of a Harbormaster

  • “He fell off the lock-gate while the sluices were open …”

    Maigret meets a Milord

  • As I thought of the days we had sweated over those damned cocoanuts, of Triplett's peril, of the danger to the yawl, while our very families looked on and laughed, thinking it was a game, and we might have slipped out the movable lock-gate and simply eased through -- well, for the first time in my married life I was mad.

    The Cruise of the Kawa

  • Then, suddenly, like an escape of water from under a lock-gate, a great uprush of horrible realisation set all his thoughts swirling, and simultaneously I perceived that the vein was cut.

    The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories

  • If the lock-gate be kept fast closed, the height of the water outside produces no raising of the low level of that within, If you open a chink of the gate a trickle will pass through, and if you fling the gates wide the levels will be the same on both sides.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture St. Mark


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