gate

noun (1)
\ˈgāt \

Definition of gate 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : an opening in a wall or fence

2 : a city or castle entrance often with defensive structures (such as towers)

3a : the frame or door that closes a gate

b : a movable barrier (as at a grade crossing)

4a : a means of entrance or exit

b : starting gate

c : an area (as at a railroad station or an airport) for departure or arrival

d : a space between two markers through which a competitor must pass in the course of a slalom race

5a : a door, valve, or other device for controlling the passage especially of a fluid

b(1) : an electronic switch that allows or prevents the flow of current in a circuit — compare base entry 1, drain entry 2, source entry 1

(2) : an electrode in a field-effect transistor that modulates the current flowing through the transistor according to the voltage applied to the electrode — compare drain, source

c : a device (as in a computer) that outputs a signal when specified input conditions are met logic gate

d : a molecule or part of a molecule that acts (as by a change in conformation) in response to a stimulus to permit or block passage (as of ions) through a cell membrane

6 slang : dismissal gave him the gate

7 : the total admission receipts or the number of spectators (as at a sports event)

gate

verb
gated; gating

Definition of gate (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 British : to confine to a campus or dormitory

2 : to supply with a gate

3 : to control with a gate

gate

noun (2)

Definition of gate (Entry 3 of 4)

1 archaic : way, path

2 dialect : method, style

\ˌgāt\

Definition of -gate (Entry 4 of 4)

: usually political scandal often involving the concealment of wrongdoing Irangate

First Known Use of gate

Noun (1)

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

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gate

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English geat; akin to Old Norse gat opening

Noun (2)

Middle English, borrowed from Old Norse gata, going back to North and West Germanic *gatōn- (whence also Middle Low German gate "lane, street," Old High German gazza), East Germanic *gatwōn- (whence Gothic gatwo "street"), etymon of uncertain origin

Noun combining form

Watergate

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gate

noun
\ˈgāt \

Kids Definition of gate

1 : an opening in a wall or fence

2 : a part of a barrier (as a fence) that opens and closes like a door

3 : a door, valve, or other device for controlling the flow of water or other fluids canal gates

4 : an area at an airport where passengers arrive and leave

gate

noun
\ˈgāt \

Medical Definition of gate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a molecule or part of a molecule (as an amino acid sequence in a protein) that acts (as by a change in conformation) in response to a stimulus to permit or block passage through a cell membrane

gated; gating

Medical Definition of gate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to control passage through a cell membrane by way of (a specific channel) by supplying a specific stimulus a transmembrane ion channel gated by the neurotransmitter acetylcholine — see ligand-gated, voltage-gated

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