from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. Chiefly British To confine (a student) to the grounds of a college as punishment.
- transitive v. Electronics To select part of (a wave) for transmission, reception, or processing by magnitude or time interval.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A doorlike structure outside a house.
- n. Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall.
- n. Movable barrier.
- n. A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand, etc.
- n. 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. 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. A journey.
- n. A street; now used especially as a combining form to make the name of a street.
- n. manner; gait
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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.
- transitive v. To supply with a gate.
- transitive v. To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.
- n. A way; a path; a road; a street (as in Highgate).
- n. Manner; gait.
- transitive v.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Old English ġeat, from Proto-Germanic *gatan (“hole, opening”) (cf. Swedish/Dutch gat, Low German Gaat, Gööt), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰed-ye/o (“to defecate”) (cf. Albanian dhjes, Ancient Greek χέζω (khézō), Old Armenian ձետ (jet, "tail"), Avestan ... (zadah) 'rump'). (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse gata, from Proto-Germanic *gatōn. Cognate with Danish gade, Swedish gata, German Gasse ("lane"). (Wiktionary)