- The definition of a gate is a structure that can be opened to provide an entrance or an opening used for passage through a fence or wall.
- 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 wrought iron gate.
gate definition by Webster's New World
- 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, as any of the numbered exits at an airport terminal
- 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: Middle English ; from Old English gatu, plural of geat, a gate, akin to Old Frisian jet, Dutch and amp; Old Norse gat, opening
- a channel through which molten metal is poured into a mold
- the waste part of a casting formed at this channel
Origin: altered (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: Middle English ; from Old Norse gata: see gait
Origin: ; from (Water)gate
gate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 means of access: the gate to riches.b. A passageway, as in an airport terminal, through which passengers proceed when boarding or leaving an airplane.
- 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.
- 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: Middle English, from Old English geat.
- Chiefly British A particular way of acting or doing; manner.
- Archaic A path or way.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse gata; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: After Watergate.
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.
gate - Phrases/Idioms
give (or get) the gateâ
get the gate
give (someone) the gate
- To discharge from a job.
- To reject or jilt.