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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On March 26, police and a social worker knocked on the door of the Hart home. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 The contemporary décor uses contrasting hues of shale and black plastics with (reserved) piano black accents and the blue stitching (on the door trim, seats, steering wheel and shift boot. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 However, the Chiefs were listed as one of the teams knocking on the door behind the Texans ... and Buccaneers. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "There is a healthy dose of skepticism nationally about Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs," 12 July 2018 But now, improbably, eight years later, Isner is knocking on the door of winning the whole thing. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Novak’s Back—and Here Comes Tall John Isner," 12 July 2018 There were not a lot of people banging on the door to invest. Scott Kirsner,, "Why one Boston home security startup caught on and another didn’t," 12 July 2018 On March 26, police and a social worker knocked on the door of the Hart home. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 And even without the family name on the door, Fountain on Fourth certainly has the makings to cause a buzz. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Liquor-infused ice cream shop (with ties to Ehrler's!) opens downtown," 6 July 2018 The woman knocked on the door of a neighboring house for help. Diana Dombrowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Authorities seek suspect in sexual assault at McCarty Park in West Allis," 6 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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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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