- The definition of a door is a movable structure used for opening and closing an entrance or for giving access to something.
An example of a door is what someone would open to get into their house.
A beautiful wood door.
- a movable structure for opening or closing an entrance, as to a building or room, or giving access to a closet, cupboard, etc.: most doors turn on hinges, slide in grooves, or revolve on an axis
- the room or building to which a particular door belongs: two doors down the hall
- any opening with a door in it; doorway
- any way to go in or out; passage; access
Origin of doorMiddle English dure, dor ; from Old English duru feminine (orig., pair of doors), dor neuter , akin to German tür, door, tor, gate ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhwer-, an unverified form dhwor-, door from source Classical Latin fores (pl. of foris), two-leaved door, Classical Greek thyra, door (in plural , double door)
lay at the door of
lie at someone's door
out of doors
show someone the door
- a. A movable structure used to close off an entrance, typically consisting of a panel that swings on hinges or that slides or rotates.b. A similar part on a piece of furniture or a vehicle.
- A doorway.
- The room or building to which a door belongs: They live three doors down the hall.
- A means of approach or access: looking for the door to success.
transitive verbdoored, door·ing, doors
- Slang To strike (a passing bicyclist, for example) by suddenly opening a vehicular door.
- To serve as a doorman or doorwoman of (a nightclub, for example).
Origin of doorMiddle English dor, from Old English duru, dor; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.
- A portal of entry into a building, room or vehicle, consisting of a rigid plane movable on a hinge. Doors are frequently made of wood or metal. May have a handle to help open and close, a latch to hold the door closed, and a lock that ensures the door cannot be opened without the key.
- I knocked on the vice president's door
- Any flap, etc. that opens like a door.
- the 24 doors in an Advent calendar
- A non-physical entry into the next world, a particular feeling, a company, etc.
- Keep a door on your anger.
- (computing, dated) A software mechanism by which a user can interact with a program running remotely on a bulletin board system. See BBS door.
(third-person singular simple present doors, present participle dooring, simple past and past participle doored)
From Middle English dore, dor, from Old English duru (“door”), dor (“gate”), from Proto-Germanic *durz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰwer-, *dʰwor- (“doorway, door, gate”). Cognates include West Frisian doar, Dutch deur, German Tür (“door”), Tor (“gate”), Danish dør, Icelandic dyr, Latin foris, Modern Greek θύρα (thýra), Albanian derë pl. dyer, Kurdish derge (der), derî, Persian در (dar), Russian дверь (dver’), Hindustani द्वार (dvār) / دوار (dvār), Armenian դուռ (duṙ), Irish doras, Lithuanian durys.