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Definition 1: regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for floodgate in the sense of this definition

(floodgate is a kind of ...) any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.

(... is part of floodgate) conduit that carries a rapid flow of water controlled by a sluicegate

Definition 2: something that restrains a flood or outpouring - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where floodgate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • suspension of surveillance opened the floodgates to illegal immigrants

(floodgate is a kind of ...) a rule or condition that limits freedom

"legal restraints" "restraints imposed on imports"

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