door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā \

Definition of doorway

1 : the opening that a door closes especially : an entrance into a building or room

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Examples of doorway in a Sentence

Please don't block the doorway. She stepped through the doorway. He stood in the doorway, wondering if he should go in. Homeless people sleep in the doorways of the shops.
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The annual count is taken in pre-dawn hours, with volunteers walking sidewalks or driving on dark streets with clipboards to look for homeless people huddled in doorways, sleeping in cars or tucked inside tents. Gary Warth,, "Data shows homeless on the move in San Diego," 25 June 2018 These two halls are always viewed by the public through the narrow doorways at the end of each room, but you will be allowed to enter the rooms to walk alone among the ancient books and artifacts. Greg Tepper, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Prague," 5 Oct. 2016 Downs added that prior to providing the authorization, the Republican observer was allowed to watch from the doorway, and that the Democrats had no observers on hand for the ballot counting in Washington County. Chris Potter,, "GOP officials claim voting irregularities in special Pa. election," 14 Mar. 2018 Her stylist, Karla Welch, captured Ellis' look on her Instagram on Saturday with a shot of the actress posing in her #OOTD next to a doorway. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Tracee Ellis Ross Wore an All-White Sequined Suit With a Powerful Message," 6 Jan. 2019 After talking to her from the doorway, Inaba ventured inside, sat on the bed, stroked her arm, and apologized. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Standing in a doorway, Kylie styled the graphic tee by knotting it up on her right side. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” Merch on Instagram," 3 Aug. 2018 Through a tall doorway is a massive De Manincor range, custom-​clad in lemon-​yellow-​enameled steel. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 For now, Roberts says the bots are replacing some of the more mundane tasks like scanning a doorway or checking in badges so that human security guards can focus on intervening in critical situations. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of doorway

1666, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of doorway was in 1666

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English Language Learners Definition of doorway

: the opening where a door is
: the space in front of a door


door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of doorway

: the opening or passage that a door closes

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