American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A structure that can be swung, drawn, or lowered to block an entrance or a passageway.
- n. An opening in a wall or fence for entrance or exit.
- n. The structure surrounding such an opening, such as the monumental or fortified entrance to a palace or walled city.
- n. A means of access: the gate to riches.
- n. A passageway, as in an airport terminal, through which passengers proceed when boarding or leaving an airplane.
- n. A mountain pass.
- n. The total paid attendance or admission receipts at a public event: a good gate at the football game.
- n. A device for controlling the passage of water or gas through a dam or conduit.
- n. The channel through which molten metal flows into a shaped cavity of a mold.
- n. Sports A passage between two upright poles through which a skier must go in a slalom race.
- n. A logic gate.
- v. Chiefly British To confine (a student) to the grounds of a college as punishment.
- v. Electronics To select part of (a wave) for transmission, reception, or processing by magnitude or time interval.
- v. To furnish with a gate: "The entrance to the rear lawn was also gated” ( Dean Koontz).
- idiom. get the gate Slang To be dismissed or rejected.
- idiom. give (someone) the gate Slang To discharge from a job.
- idiom. give (someone) the gate Slang To reject or jilt.
- n. Chiefly British A particular way of acting or doing; manner.
- n. Archaic A path or way.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A passage or opening closed by a movable barrier (a door or gate in sense 3); a gateway: commonly used with reference to such barrier, and specifically for the entrance to a large inclosure or building, as a walled city, a fortification, a great church or palace, or other public monument.
- n. Hence, any somewhat contracted or difficult means or avenue of approach or passage; a narrow opening or defile: as, the Iron Gates of the Danube.
- n. A movable barrier consisting of a frame or solid structure of wood, iron, or other material, set on hinges or pivots in or at the end of a passage in order to close it. Specifically— A swinging frame, usually of openwork, closing a passage through an inclosing wall or fence: in this use distinguished from
door, which is usually a solid frame closing a passage to a house or room.
- n. The movable framework which shuts or opens a passage for water, as at the entrance to a dock or in a canal-lock.
- n. In coal-mining, an underground road connecting a stall with a main road or inclined plane. Also called gate-road, gateway.
- n. In founding:
- n. One of various forms of channels or openings made in the sand or molds, through which the metal flows (pouring-gate), or by means of which access is had to it, either for skimming its surface (skimming-gate) or for other purposes.
- n. The waste piece of metal cast in the gate.
- n. A ridge in a casting which has to be sawn off.
- n. In locksmithing, one of the apertures in the tumblers for the passage of the stub.
- n. A sash or frame in which a saw is extended, to prevent buckling or bending.
- To supply with a gate.
- In the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to punish by a restriction on customary liberty. An undergraduate may be gated for a breach of college discipline either by having to be within his college-gates by a certain hour, or by being denied liberty to go beyond the gates.
- n. A way; road; path; course.
- n. Way; manner; mode of doing: used especially with all, this, thus, other, no, etc., in adverbial phrases.
- n. In particular Way or manner of walking; walk; carriage. [In this use now spelled gait, and usually associated (erroneously) with the verb go. See the etymology, and gait.] Movement on a course or way; progress; procession; journey; expedition.
- n. Room or opportunity for going forward; space to move in.
- To go.
- n. An archaic or dialectal form of goat.
- To place (a warp) in a loom ready for weaving.
- To put (a machine, as a loom) in order to do its work properly.
- n. A doorlike structure outside a house.
- n. Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall.
- n. Movable barrier.
- n. computing A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand, etc.
- n. cricket The gap between a batsman's bat and pad.
- n. The amount of money made by selling tickets to a concert or a sports event.
- n. A line that separates particle type-clusters on two-dimensional dot plots.
- n. passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark.
- n. electronics The name of the controlling terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
- v. To keep something inside by means of a closed gate.
- v. To ground someone.
- n. A way, path.
- n. obsolete A journey.
- n. Northern England A street; now used especially as a combining form to make the name of a street.
- n. UK, Scotland, dialect, archaic manner; gait
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large door or passageway in the wall of a city, of an inclosed field or place, or of a grand edifice, etc.; also, the movable structure of timber, metal, etc., by which the passage can be closed.
- n. An opening for passage in any inclosing wall, fence, or barrier; or the suspended framework which closes or opens a passage. Also, figuratively, a means or way of entrance or of exit.
- n. A door, valve, or other device, for stopping the passage of water through a dam, lock, pipe, etc.
- n. (Script.) The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might.
- n. In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
- n. The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mold; the ingate.
- n. The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece.
- v. To supply with a gate.
- v. (Eng. Univ.) To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.
- n. O. Eng. & Scot. A way; a path; a road; a street (as in High
- n. O. Eng. & Scot. Manner; gait.
- v. control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
- v. supply with a gate
- n. a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs
- n. total admission receipts at a sports event
- n. passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
- n. a movable barrier in a fence or wall
- v. restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
- From Old Norse gata, from Proto-Germanic *gatōn. Cognate with Danish gade, Swedish gata, German Gasse ("lane"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English geat.Middle English, from Old Norse gata; see ghē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“TREMAYNE _enters from_ L. _and with his back to the audience tries latch of imaginary gate below scenic painted gateway_ L. BEL.NDA _turns her head, hearing imaginary click of the garden gate_ L. _She comes slowly back_ R.C.)”
“Outside the main gate is a new statue of Barbaro, with his ashes interred in the base.”
“They find the same holy consternation upon themselves that Jacob did at his consecrated Bethel, which he called the gate of heaven; and if such places are so, then surely a daily expectation at the gate is the readiest way to gain admittance into the house.”
“This gate is the entrance to the cathedral in Guadalupe, which dates back to the early 1700s.”
This gate is the entrance to the cathedral in Guadalupe, which dates back to the early 1700s. Almost a suburb of the capital of Zacatecas, the town possesses a wealth of ecclesiastical art. © Jane Ammeson, 2009
“Iron Man-Safe Bet-Being the first film out of the gate is a BIG advantage and I really don't see Speed Racer doing terrific B.O. numbers to be too much of a threat.”
“It's the first year we became public, and our first campaign out of the gate is to be associated with the values that go with the Olympics.”
“First out of the gate is the very finest, Andrei Konchalovsky's Siberiade.”
“Tucker's first effort out of the gate is a clear winner ... a literary sensation.”
“And no doubt Plutarco imitated his rival too: just inside the gate is a series of stepping stones in the shape of bare feet.”
“There is a temple to him in Rome, which has two doors, and which they call the gate of war.”
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