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Meaning of gate by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A gate.


    • IPA: /ɡeɪt/
    • Rhymes: -eɪt

    Etymology 1

    Old English ġeat, from Proto-Germanic *gatan ( “hole, opening” ) ( cf. Swedish/Dutch gat, Low German Gaat, Gööt ), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰed-ye/o ( “to defecate” ) ( cf. Albanian dhjes, Ancient Greek χέζω ( khézō ), Old Armenian ձետ ( jet, “tail” ), Avestan ... ( zadah ) 'rump' ) .


    gate ( plural: gates )

    1. A doorlike structure outside a house .
    2. Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall .
    3. Movable barrier .
      The gate in front of the railroad crossing went up after the train had passed .
    4. ( computing ) A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand, etc .
    5. ( cricket ) The gap between a batsman's bat and pad .
    6. The amount of money made by selling tickets to a concert or a sports event .
    7. ( flow cytometry ) A line that separates particle type-clusters on two-dimensional dot plots .
    8. passageway ( as in an air terminal ) where passengers can embark or disembark .
    9. ( electronics ) The name of the controlling terminal of a field effect transistor ( FET ) .

    ( computing ): logic gate

    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Old Norse gata, from Proto-Germanic *gatōn. Cognate with Danish gade, Swedish gata, German Gasse ( “lane” ) .


    gate ( plural: gates )

    1. ( now Scotland, northern UK ) A way, path .
    2. ( obsolete ) A journey.
    3. ( Northern England ) A street; now used especially as a combining form to make the name of a street .

    See also

    1. ^ Alberts, Bruce; et al. "Figure 11-21: The gating of ion channels." In: Molecular Biology of the Cell, ed. Senior, Sarah Gibbs. New York: Garland Science, 2002 [cited 18 December 2009]. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=mboc4&part=A1986&rendertype=figure&id=A2030 .



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/16 15:52 UTC Version )

    Etymology 1

    Back-formation from Watergate .



    1. Combined with keywords to form the names of scandals.
    Usage notes
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    Etymology 2



    1. Used to form place names of towns by sea .
    Derived terms
    • Margate
    • Ramsgate

Explanation of gate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. restrict ( school boys' ) movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment

    2. control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate

    3. supply with a gate

    4. The house was gated
    1. a movable barrier in a fence or wall

    2. a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs

    3. passageway ( as in an air terminal ) where passengers can embark or disembark

    4. total admission receipts at a sports event

    Definition of gate by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Gate ( gāt ), n. [OE. ȝet, ȝeat, giat, gate, door, AS. geat, gat, gate, door; akin to OS., D., & Icel. gat opening, hole, and perh. to E. gate a way, gait, and get, v. Cf. Gate a way, 3d Get.]
      1. A large door or passageway in the wall of a city, of an inclosed field or place, or of a grand edifice, etc.; also, the movable structure of timber, metal, etc., by which the passage can be closed.

      2. An opening for passage in any inclosing wall, fence, or barrier; or the suspended framework which closes or opens a passage. Also, figuratively, a means or way of entrance or of exit.

      Knowest thou the way to Dover?

      Both stile and gate, horse way and footpath. Shak.

      Opening a gate for a long war. Knolles.

      3. A door, valve, or other device, for stopping the passage of water through a dam, lock, pipe, etc.

      4. ( Script. ) The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might.

      The gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt. xvi. 18.

      5. In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.

      6. ( Founding ) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mold; the ingate. The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece. [Written also geat and git.]

      Gate chamber, a recess in the side wall of a canal lock, which receives the opened gate. -- Gate channel. See Gate, 5. -- Gate hook, the hook-formed piece of a gate hinge. -- Gate money, entrance money for admission to an inclosure. -- Gate tender, one in charge of a gate, as at a railroad crossing. -- Gate valva, a stop valve for a pipe, having a sliding gate which affords a straight passageway when open. -- Gate vein ( Anat. ), the portal vein. -- To break gates ( Eng. Univ. ), to enter a college inclosure after the hour to which a student has been restricted. -- To stand in the gate or To stand in the gates, to occupy places or advantage, power, or defense.

    2. Gate, v. t.
      1. To supply with a gate.

      2. ( Eng. Univ. ) To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.

    3. Gate, n. [Icel. gata; akin to SW. gata street, lane, Dan. gade, Goth. gatwö, G. gasse. Cf. Gate a door, Gait.]
      1. A way; a path; a road; a street ( as in Highgate ). [O. Eng. & Scot.]

      I was going to be an honest man; but the devil has this very day flung first a lawyer, and then a woman, in my gate. Sir W. Scott.

      2. Manner; gait. [O. Eng. & Scot.]

    4. Geat ( gēt ), n. [See Gate a door.] ( Founding ) The channel or spout through which molten metal runs into a mold in casting. [Written also git, gate.]

    5. Sash, n. [F. châssis a frame, sash, fr. châsse a shrine, reliquary, frame, L. capsa. See Case a box.]
      1. The framing in which the panes of glass are set in a glazed window or door, including the narrow bars between the panes.

      2. In a sawmill, the rectangular frame in which the saw is strained and by which it is carried up and down with a reciprocating motion; -- also called gate.

      French sash, a casement swinging on hinges; -- in distinction from a vertical sash sliding up and down.