Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gates, Horatio 1728?-1806. American Revolutionary general who became a hero after winning the Battle of Saratoga (1777) but suffered a humiliating defeat at Camden, South Carolina (1780).
  • Gates, William Henry Known as "Bill.” Born 1955. American computer software designer and business executive who cofounded Microsoft in 1975 and as chairman built it into one of the largest computer software manufacturers in the world.

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  • proper n. A surname.

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  • n. United States computer entrepreneur whose software company made him the youngest multi-billionaire in the history of the United States (born in 1955)

Etymologies

A topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • CHARLES OGLETREE, ATTORNEY FOR PROFESSOR GATES: That's a silly idea, and it's a breathtaking suggestion to say that Gates is in his home with his I.D., and with his driver's license, with everyone knowing he lived there, to say that he was in some way violating the law.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2009

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Gates Expands Bush Doctrine'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Gates\' speech here before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was the latest signal that the administration was moving in its closing months to embrace more far-reaching notions of deterrence and self-defense.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Gates Expands Bush Doctrine

  • Now, if, indeed, it's confirmed as we expect that President-elect Obama will continue in office Secretary of Defense Robert gates, Gates himself is a politically nonaligned individual who's seen as something of a moderate.

    CNN Transcript Dec 1, 2008

  • Working with Delta, OTG has built restaurants in the seating areas at three of the airport's Delta gates: Croque Madame, a French restaurant, at Gates 21 and 22 in

    USATODAY.com News

  • GATES, NY --- Numerous residents on Avanti Drive in Gates awoke Saturday to find their properties damaged.

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  • CHARLES OGLETREE, HENRY LEWIS GATES 'LAWYER: That's what Gates said.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2009

  • "By keeping Gates in there you have a guy who's really pushing for, 'Hey, let's get off this next-war-itis crap,'" said Barnett, using the term Gates coined to describe the defense establishment's obsession with a hypothetical war against some future superpower.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • While the form discloses that "Maija Gates is the daughter of Fae Desmond, executive director," this is not exactly nonprofit Best Practices.

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  • Father Michael of the Gates is a tall man about six and a half feet tall and average build.

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  • And Gates is precisely right: the argument about hurting businesses has always been a "gross exaggeration" if not an outright lie.

    Jonathan Tasini: "The rich guys don't want to pay the tax"

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