When a floodgate is open, water is flowing freely through it. This can be a good or a bad thing.

  • The floodgates were opened to let the water out, which was a good thing.

  • The floodgates were opened to let the water in, which was a bad thing.

Definition of floodgates


regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice


head gate, penstock, sluice valve, sluicegate, water gate


something that restrains a flood or outpouring

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Example Sentences for floodgates

  • 1

    The floodgate system was completed.

  • 2

    Games opened the lachrymal floodgates.

  • 3

    We want to open that floodgate.

  • 4

    Are we opening a floodgate that may not be closable

  • 5

    That link is opening up a floodgate that should not be opened.

  • 6

    He then dies, his clothing caught on the floodgate.

  • 7

    He is currently the Creative Director of Floodgate Entertainment.

  • 8

    The gears in the floodgate picture are straight bevel gears.

  • 9

    The others though would simply open a floodgate.

  • 10

    They build a floodgate due to Riten's construction talent.