doorway

noun
door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio) \

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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Museum officials are using air dollies to move the statue through a series of doorways, windows, hairpin turns and tight squeezes. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 But there may be days when lions are sleepy, dogs distracted, Odysseus hesitating in a doorway, and a deer might go flicking off into the bush, carefree. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 At one school, another small boy lay curled up in a doorway, dozing next to a pile of still-warm ashes. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not safe anywhere:’ Mozambique cyclone scattered lives," 30 Mar. 2019 Underscoring this relationship are two untitled works in unfired clay on the gallery floor: a gray spiral doubling back on itself in the center of the gallery, and a mass of red clay, shoved up against one side of the doorway. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Brie Ruais puts all of her body weight into each sculpture she makes," 19 May 2018 The user can program grenades to fly inside the doorway and explode just inside, peppering anyone there with lethal shrapnel. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s XM-25 'Punisher' Supergun Is Dead," 13 Aug. 2018 Beyond the blocky, metal 6-8 above the doorway, there are no signs indicating anything more than offices inside the Dumbo building. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appetit, "The Mysterious World of Burrow, a Japanese Bakery Hiding In an Office Lobby," 13 June 2018 But there's also the little things, like the draft shirts on the other people in the room (not to mention the room itself) and even the little things, like the yellow sign above the doorway. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield channels Brett Favre, jorts and all, in a draft day photo recreation," 26 Apr. 2018 With so many open, public spaces not clearly defined by partitions or doorways, Olsen couldn’t cover every wall in bold hues. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Nick Olsen Designed Every Room in This NYC Townhouse to Feel Like a Surprise," 6 Feb. 2019

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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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doorway

noun

English Language Learners Definition of doorway

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

doorway

noun
door·​way | \ ˈdȯr-ˌwā How to pronounce doorway (audio) \

Kids Definition of doorway

: the opening or passage that a door closes

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