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gate

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noun \ˈgāt\

Definition of gate

  1. 1 :  an opening in a wall or fence

  2. 2 :  a city or castle entrance often with defensive structures (as towers)

  3. 3 a :  the frame or door that closes a gate b :  a movable barrier (as at a grade crossing)

  4. 4 a :  a means of entrance or exit b :  starting gate c :  an area (as at a railroad station or an airport) for departure or arrival d :  a space between two markers through which a competitor must pass in the course of a slalom race

  5. 5 a :  a door, valve, or other device for controlling the passage especially of a fluid b (1) :  an electronic switch that allows or prevents the flow of current in a circuit (2) :  an electrode in a field-effect transistor that modulates the current flowing through the transistor according to the voltage applied to the electrode — compare drain, source c :  a device (as in a computer) that outputs a signal when specified input conditions are met <logic gate> d :  a molecule or part of a molecule that acts (as by a change in conformation) in response to a stimulus to permit or block passage (as of ions) through a cell membrane

  6. 6 slang :  dismissal <gave him the gate>

  7. 7 :  the total admission receipts or the number of spectators (as at a sports event)



Origin of gate

Middle English, from Old English geat; akin to Old Norse gat opening


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gate

verb

Definition of gate

gatedgating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 British :  to confine to a campus or dormitory

  3. 2 :  to supply with a gate

  4. 3 :  to control with a gate



1835

First Known Use of gate

1835


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gate

noun

Definition of gate

  1. 1 archaic :  way, path

  2. 2 dial :  method, style



Origin of gate

Middle English, from Old Norse gata road; akin to Old High German gazza road


First Known Use: 13th century


-gate

noun combining form \ˌgāt\

Definition of -gate

  1. :  usu. political scandal often involving the concealment of wrongdoing <Irangate>



Origin of -gate

Watergate



GATE Defined for Kids

gate

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noun \ˈgāt\

Definition of gate for Students

  1. 1 :  an opening in a wall or fence

  2. 2 :  a part of a barrier (as a fence) that opens and closes like a door

  3. 3 :  a door, valve, or other device for controlling the flow of water or other fluids <canal gates>

  4. 4 :  an area at an airport where passengers arrive and leave





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