A wrought iron gate.
- An example of a gate is a side entrance to the back yard of a house.
- An example of a gate is a hinged door in the middle of a picket fence.
- An example of a gate is the access between an airplane and the airport terminal.
- a movable framework or solid structure, esp. one that swings on hinges, controlling entrance or exit through an opening in a fence or wall
- an opening providing passageway through a fence or wall, with or without such a structure; gateway
- any means of entrance, exit, or access; specif., any of the numbered areas at an airport terminal, typically including a waiting area, from which passengers board and exit an airplane
- a mountain pass
- a movable barrier, as at a railroad crossing or for controlling the start of a horse race
- a structure controlling the flow of water, as in a pipe, canal, etc.
- a frame in which a saw or saws are set
- in Alpine racing, an opening between two upright poles through which the skier must pass
- the total amount of money received in admission prices to a performance or exhibition
- the total number of spectators who pay to see such an event
- a circuit with one output and two or more inputs, whose output is energized only when certain input conditions are satisfied
- an electrode in some semiconductors, esp. an FET, that controls the flow of current
Origin of gateMiddle English from Old English gatu, plural of geat, a gate, akin to Old Frisian jet, Dutch and Old Norse gat, opening
transitive verbgat′ed, gat′ing
give (or get) the gate
- a channel through which molten metal is poured into a mold
- the waste part of a casting formed at this channel
Origin of gatealtered (infl. by gate) from Old English gyte, a pouring forth, akin to geotan, to pour: for Indo-European base see found
- a road or path
- a way of doing something
Origin of gateMiddle English from Old Norse gata: see gait
Origin of -gatefrom (Water)gate
- A structure that can be swung, drawn, or lowered to block an entrance or a passageway.
- a. An opening in a wall or fence for entrance or exit.b. The structure surrounding such an opening, such as the monumental or fortified entrance to a palace or walled city.
- a. A doorway or walkway in a terminal, as at an airport, through which passengers proceed when embarking or disembarking.b. A waiting area inside a terminal, abutting such a doorway or walkway.
- A means of access: the gate to riches.
- A mountain pass.
- The total paid attendance or admission receipts at a public event: a good gate at the football game.
- A device for controlling the passage of water or gas through a dam or conduit.
- The channel through which molten metal flows into a shaped cavity of a mold.
- Sports A passage between two upright poles through which a skier must go in a slalom race.
- A logic gate.
transitive verbgat·ed, gat·ing, gates
- Chiefly British To confine (a student) to the grounds of a college as punishment.
- Electronics To select part of (a wave) for transmission, reception, or processing by magnitude or time interval.
- To furnish with a gate: “The entrance to the rear lawn was also gated” ( Dean Koontz )
Origin of gateMiddle English from Old English geat
- A path or way.
- A particular way of acting or doing; manner.
Origin of gateMiddle English from Old Norse gata ; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of -gateAfter Watergate
- A doorlike structure outside a house.
- Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall.
- Movable barrier.
- The gate in front of the railroad crossing went up after the train had passed.
- (computing) A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand, etc.
- (cricket) The gap between a batsman's bat and pad.
- Singh was bowled through the gate, a very disappointing way for a world-class batsman to get out
- The amount of money made by selling tickets to a concert or a sports event.
- (flow cytometry) A line that separates particle type-clusters on two-dimensional dot plots.
- passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark.
- (electronics) The controlling terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
- In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
- (metalworking) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mould; the ingate.
- The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece. Also written geat and git.
(third-person singular simple present gates, present participle gating, simple past and past participle gated)
From Old English ġeat, from Proto-Germanic *gatą (“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 [script?] (zadah, “rump”)).
- Combined with keywords to form the names of scandals.
- Many of these terms are short-lived and few have long-lasting currency.
Back-formation from Watergate.
- Used to form place names.
From Old English geat.
gate - Computer Definition
(1) An open/closed switch.
(2) A pattern of transistors that makes up an AND, OR or NOT Boolean logic gate. See gate array.