gate


1gate

noun \ˈgāt\

Definition of GATE

1
:  an opening in a wall or fence
2
:  a city or castle entrance often with defensive structures (as towers)
3
a :  the frame or door that closes a gate
b :  a movable barrier (as at a grade crossing)
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
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
slang :  dismissal <gave him the gate>
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

2gate

transitive verb
gat·edgat·ing

Definition of GATE

1
British :  to confine to a campus or dormitory
2
:  to supply with a gate
3
:  to control with a gate

First Known Use of GATE

1835

3gate

noun

Definition of GATE

1
archaic :  way, path
2
dialect :  method, style

Origin of GATE

Middle English, from Old Norse gata road; akin to Old High German gazza road
First Known Use: 13th century

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