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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Knight had just begun to spray water through the doorway when he was buried in hot bricks. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Through a glowing red doorway, visitors enter a room with tacky red wallpaper that recalls the bar’s original; snapshots of victims and black-and-white prints of grisly newspaper photographs line the walls. New York Times, "A Fire Killed 32 at a New Orleans Gay Bar. This Artist Didn’t Forget.," 9 July 2018 Through this doorway a spark has ignited and has started a fire, that burns but never leaves. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Stereo Honey Premiere Emotional New Song 'Don't Speak': Exclusive," 28 June 2018 Sad Ronnie struggles to get roughly 100 balloons through a doorway., "Here's Exactly How The Situation Proposed To His Girlfriend On Jersey Shore," 22 June 2018 After spending 17 years in various Maryland institutions, Williams walked through the doorway of a state building on East Madison Street in Baltimore and stepped onto the sidewalk. Dan Rodricks,, "Kurtis Williams and 'a Baltimore thing'," 15 June 2018 Pardeep, wearing a black turban, entered the temple’s sanctuary through a doorway bearing what has become too common a feature of American architecture: A bullet hole. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: On the eve of the school shooting in Texas, a prayer at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek," 20 May 2018 By leaning forward through a doorway, or reaching behind the back to hold and pull on a broomstick or towel, the chest is stretched and arms, neck and head aligned. Katie Parsons,, "10 fitness and nutrition hacks," 14 May 2018 There's even a creepy looking uncle type in thick glasses peering through the doorway. Creg Stephenson,, "Baker Mayfield recreates iconic Brett Favre draft day photo; Favre responds," 26 Apr. 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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