noun, often attributive
\ˈdȯr \

Definition of door 

1 : a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened also : a similar part of a piece of furniture

2 : doorway

3 : a means of access or participation : opportunity opens new doors door to success

at one's door

: as a charge against one as being responsible laid the blame at our door

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Other Words from door

doorless \ -​ləs \ adjective

Examples of door in a Sentence

I heard a knock on the door. Please don't block the door. I peeked through the open door. He stood at the door.
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For years now in Alaska, announcements have cropped up every few months that another Blockbuster will shut its doors. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s last 2 Blockbuster stores are closing, leaving just one in the U.S.," 13 July 2018 Google moved its Midwest headquarters into the former Fulton Market Cold Storage building, McDonald’s relocated from Oak Brook to the site of Oprah Winfrey’s former Harpo Studios, and hotels such as the Soho House and Ace Hotel opened their doors. Ryan Ori,, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 And the 2800 block is close enough to Hamilton Elementary/Middle School so that a 9-year-old girl could run out her front door 10 minutes before the first bell rings and make it to class on time. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 Another student showed up at his door and looked stunned. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Documentary explores a dark family reunion," 13 July 2018 Asian Spice Bistro Asian Spice Bistro, operated by Dao Yee, the owner of Lemongrass and Wild Ginger in the Norwood-Hyde Park area, opened its doors in January. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 2018 Neighbors told the paper at the time that Hayden left her door unlocked regularly and there were no irregular signs before she was found brutally murdered. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Man charged in cold-case murder of elderly California woman," 13 July 2018 With the prospect of Amazon and UPS drones dropping packages at your door and farmers surveying their fields from above, federal aviation officials are looking to experiment with looser airspace regulations. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Overland Park company to experiment with drones in federal pilot," 12 July 2018 Dream Center Education Holdings, which owns the Philadelphia art school and is closing 30 campuses around the nation this year, notified students last week of their options to finish their degrees once the school shuts its doors on Aug. 28. Annabelle Williams,, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of door

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for door

Middle English dure, dor, from Old English duru door & dor gate; akin to Old High German turi door, Latin fores, Greek thyra

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The first known use of door was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of door

: a movable piece of wood, glass, or metal that swings or slides open and shut so that people can enter or leave a room, building, vehicle, etc.

: a part of an object (such as piece of furniture or an appliance) that swings or slides open and shut

: the opening for a door : the entrance to a room or building


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Kids Definition of door

1 : a usually swinging or sliding frame or barrier by which an entrance (as into a house) is closed and opened

2 : a part of a piece of furniture that swings or slides open or shut the refrigerator door

3 : doorway

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obstinately defiant of authority

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