Main definitions of gate in English

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noun

  • 1A hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge.

    ‘she closed the front gate’
    figurative ‘they were opening the gates of their country wide to the enemy’
    • ‘He said he saw a little girl crying outside the barbed wire fence by the front gate of the former palace where he works.’
    • ‘After only a few minutes they stopped in front of a large gate in a fence around what might have been a military base.’
    • ‘The landscaped courtyard is enclosed by stone walls and wrought iron gates to the front and rear.’
    • ‘Andrew drove up to the front gate; the gate was closed, but there was a check-in station.’
    • ‘Make sure fences, walls and gates are in good repair, so children cannot slip through holes onto busy roads.’
    • ‘They stopped in front of a cattle gate in the fence surrounding a pasture about a hundred yards across.’
    • ‘It's been converted, of course, but when you go to bed at night you still close the barred gate on the front of your cell and bunk down.’
    • ‘With the front gate closed, the family house became a fortress.’
    • ‘However, every footpath near my home has fallen trees, drainage problems, walls down, broken fences, gates and stiles.’
    • ‘Paths, steps, walls, gates and fences draw the eye as well as the foot.’
    • ‘The wall, the gates, the closed garage doors give the place an isolated feeling, which the builder marketed as security.’
    • ‘She hit a button on the wall and the front gates swung open.’
    • ‘The front security gates open and close using hydraulic pressure, which is more efficient and reliable than electricity.’
    • ‘The dwarves immediately start cutting stone blocks and constructing a wall across the front gate.’
    • ‘Many walls, fences and gates have to be clambered over.’
    • ‘Here the paddocks were divided by stout post and rail fences with wooden gates.’
    • ‘He walked down to the front gate and closed it, listening to it click.’
    • ‘There are stone benches, wrought-iron fences and gates, wall fountains, pots, pillars, and antique baskets.’
    • ‘The city was separated into blocks of houses surrounded by high wooden walls and gates that were closed at night and guarded by a gate-keeper.’
    • ‘The gunmen in all cases were greeted with hospitality and obeyed requests from the owners to close gates, not break fences or frighten animals.’
    barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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    1. 1.1 A gateway.
      ‘she went out through the gate’
      • ‘Yesterday was also a special day, as we had 101 visitors through the gates accessing this Mexican produce.’
      • ‘Her husband had been a porter at the palace gates until he was turned into a door knocker by a fairy.’
      • ‘She made her way, seemingly effortlessly, over walls, through gates and under hedges as the following horde tried in vain to make ground.’
      • ‘Leave the car park and follow the signposted path through mixed woodland to a gate which gives access to open, rising moorland.’
      • ‘She watched as ribbons of light streamed out of the statue and formed a gateway, then stepped into the gate.’
      • ‘The site now includes parking, special access gates, wide and clearly visible footpaths, reinforced grass areas and an interpretation board with Braille panel.’
      • ‘There is no regulation that says the army soldiers stationed at the gates of the port can collect money from the truck drivers.’
      • ‘At irregular intervals, metal doors and gates gave access to whatever was behind the wall.’
      • ‘I drove past the studios; the gates seemed like portals to some other world.’
      • ‘They gained access via a gate which is used by council maintenance vehicles.’
      • ‘The victim asked the man to go round to the side gate, allowing him access into the back garden.’
      • ‘And I had him walk out of the door, down the steps, out the gate; and there was a woman waiting for him.’
      • ‘You still enter a lofty domed hall by a small door set in an imposing gate.’
      • ‘All buses are asked to enter through the gate on the Blessington road and leave by the main gate with no access allowed on the section between the two gates.’
      • ‘These were placed at the gate or doorway of the house so that the returned souls could see where they were going.’
      • ‘He said that the householders got home to find the side gate and patio door open.’
      • ‘I found a group of men standing outside the gates of the port, clamoring for customers to get into their cabs.’
      • ‘At present the 30 mph limit ends at the access gates to the school and councillors are worried that, if it is not extended, there could be a serious accident in the future.’
      • ‘There are gates for our access, but we do not want the gardens open to the public.’
      • ‘We then exited through a huge glass door to our parked cars and drove via unguarded gates home.’
      gateway, doorway, entrance, exit, egress, opening
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    2. 1.2 An exit from an airport building to an aircraft.
      ‘a departure gate’
      • ‘The last shortlisted hopefuls will discover their fate at the airport departure gate.’
      • ‘Some arriving planes waited two hours to get to a gate while departing aircraft queued up to be de-iced.’
      • ‘With a strange combination of excitement, anxiety and eagerness, I rushed toward him as I saw him outside the gate at the airport.’
      • ‘The reflective silence was not broken until we reached his gate at the airport.’
      • ‘The group searched four airport departure gates and, after they could not find the man, returned to the checkpoint to retest the machine.’
      • ‘At the gate of Kabul airport the first thing that catches the eye are the big colorful advertising banners with images of men and women laughing.’
      • ‘A stewardess was stationed at the airport departure gate to check tickets.’
      • ‘Most airlines allow cell phone use when a plane is on the ground or at an airport gate.’
      • ‘They all carried two bags each and all walked in through the gates at the airport.’
      • ‘She'd been on his mind since he lost sight of her as he stepped from the terminal through the gate at the airport.’
      • ‘I decided to brass it and head for the departure gate without a boarding card.’
      • ‘He rolled out of the airport gate for a test drive, and I never saw him again.’
      • ‘An exception would be a cargo operator flying parts for an airline, where the pilot would taxi right up to the airline gate to drop off a part.’
      • ‘She waved one last good-bye to her parents who were standing on the other side of the security gates at Kennedy Airport.’
      • ‘The change means passengers will no longer be able to get their passes from airline personnel at gates right before they board.’
      • ‘The type or size of aircraft assigned to each gate plays into the equation.’
      • ‘The small group stood together at the departure gate at Sheridan Airport.’
      • ‘The flight was cancelled and the aircraft returned to the gate.’
      • ‘They all continued walking through the airport towards their next gate.’
      • ‘If we are unfamiliar with a particular gate or taxi route, ground controllers are more than willing to help out with directions.’
    3. 1.3in names A mountain pass or other natural passage.
      ‘the Golden Gate’
  • 2The number of people who pay to enter a sports ground for an event.

    ‘an average home gate of more than 12,000’
    • ‘The cup games will raise some income but gate money is shared with their opponents.’
    • ‘Chelsea can do it purely on finances of course but without the security that consistent large gates, large turnover on merchandise and overseas appeal can bring.’
    • ‘The Sharks can't survive on current gates and the hope is that by playing on Friday evening will open up the game to a new audience.’
    • ‘All gate money raised at the event will be presented to the Army Welfare Society for use of disabled soldiers.’
    • ‘By the very nature of their popularity, certain people can act as role models for the young, lend their good name to charity or simply add thousands to the gate of a sporting event.’
    • ‘However, the gate money will come as a big boost for the club, who have already racked up £1,600 in competition winnings.’
    • ‘One, a bigger gate means greater admissions and therefore a greater return on the money.’
    • ‘They are currently lying seventh in the crowd table with an average gate of 8,662.’
    • ‘It developed into a panel of professional bowlers who visited about 50 Lancashire greens a year, and who were paid a percentage of the gate money.’
    • ‘Not only are there sell out crowds in the Premiership but the Nationwide Leagues have been enjoyed increased gates over the last season.’
    • ‘Sports drew most of their revenue from gate money, but tended to set admission prices well below what the market could bear.’
    • ‘The gate money from the match will be shared between both clubs.’
    • ‘At that time, they were at the bottom of the Fourth Division, with big debts and low gates.’
    • ‘Our gate money has gone into lawyers' pockets rather than into the development of the game.’
    • ‘The most disappointed people at Heywood Road were those working hard behind the scenes to boost gates and revenue at the smallest ground in the Premiership.’
    • ‘During the schism, and ensuing confusion, the money from the gates was down, so the church decided to get rid of one of its heads.’
    1. 2.1 The money taken for admission to a sports ground for an event.
      • ‘It has the moral right to know whether the money collected from gates is ploughed back into the sport.’
      • ‘Clubs cannot live on their gate receipts and television money is non-existent so there is a definite need for clubs to be strong throughout the country.’
      • ‘They cannot, should not and will not disturb the basic formula: pooling the TV money and splitting the live gate.’
  • 3A device resembling a gate in structure or function.

    • ‘We now know that those gates are proteins which, by coiling and uncoiling like a snake, can change their configuration and hence their opening and closing like gates.’
    • ‘This strongly favors the hypothesis that the packing deficiencies detected in membrane gates might be functionally important.’
    • ‘Now model years 2001 to 2005 are being recalled because their rear lift gates, well, they could open during a crash.’
    1. 3.1 A hinged or sliding barrier for controlling the flow of water.
      ‘a sluice gate’
      • ‘They would use an area with a 6ft draught which would suit most boats and install a half-tide sill which would open like a lock gate when the water on either side became level.’
      • ‘The next morning, the kampu opens a wooden gate, releasing a flow of water that provides about nine hours of daytime irrigation.’
      • ‘The water entrance to the ram is controlled by a gate.’
      • ‘Workers removed a road and excavated swales to allow tidal action on the parcel, and installed a tide gate to permit water control.’
      • ‘Better and more precisely operated control gates were installed in the canals so that water could be measured more carefully.’
      • ‘With its gates closed, the wall would complete a waterproof ring around the area.’
      • ‘Some workers were seen fishing trash out of the river to allow the water to flow more freely through the gate.’
      • ‘Others were trapped in their homes by the sudden rise of the water overnight Thursday when authorities were forced to open gates of dams north of Manila to prevent damage.’
      • ‘In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.’
    2. 3.2 An arrangement of slots into which the gear lever of a motor vehicle moves to engage each gear.
      • ‘Drivers can access the feature by moving the gear selector into a separate gate.’
      • ‘Both the clutch and the gears have been cleverly engineered with extra, added machismo so that you can really feel the meshing of gears when you clunk the six-speeder around its gate.’
      • ‘I didn't think they made gearboxes this bad any more - the gate is far too tight so that I was forever slotting from first to fourth.’
      • ‘Instead of slotting the gear lever through an H-patterned gate, you simply push it away from you repeatedly to change up, and pull back to change down.’
      • ‘The hallmark cavernous load cube is still its best asset while its worst point - the poor gearchange - has a closer gate but is no better overall.’
    3. 3.3 A device for holding each frame of a film in position behind the lens of a camera or projector.
      • ‘I'm convinced that film has a soul, and for me it's the jiggle in the [projector] gate.’
      • ‘After some panicky confusion, the lights dimmed, and a single frame appeared locked in the projector gate.’
  • 4An electric circuit with an output which depends on the combination of several inputs.

    ‘a logic gate’
    • ‘These two gates are simply combinations of an AND or an OR gate with a NOT gate.’
    • ‘Fundamental to these operations are electronic gates for handling Boolean logic.’
    • ‘Things get a little more interesting if we use a circuit with two gates, as in figure 2.’
    • ‘If you are so inclined, see what you can do to implement this logic with fewer gates.’
    • ‘That is, the output of a gate is fed back into the input.’
    • ‘A couple of years later, scientists said they had created logic gates, another component of microchips that are used to form the basic circuits in computing.’
    • ‘The logic gates used in the typical computers we know and love today were designed using classical laws of physics.’
    • ‘Computers operate with semiconductor switches known as logic gates that perform binary algebraic processes to yield an output of either zero or one.’
    • ‘The prospect of 10 million gates in a device is stunning.’
    • ‘Each logic gate inside a cell must have a distinct repressor assigned to it, or else the gates would interfere with one another.’
    • ‘To use them, however, we need to implement them in physical reality so that the gates can perform their logic actively.’
    • ‘Imagine a Linux computer with up to millions of gates of flexible logic immediately around it.’
    1. 4.1 The part of a field-effect transistor to which a signal is applied to control the resistance of the conductive channel of the device.
      • ‘Thus, the voltage connected to the gate controls the strength of the current in the channel.’
      • ‘In an embodiment, the gate of a drive transistor is controlled by the charge on a storage node.’
      • ‘The field effect transistor includes a gate over a silicon substrate.’
      • ‘Transistors in each column of the display have connected gates and in each row have connected sources.’
      • ‘The number of logic inputs are coupled to a number of gates of free standing vertical n-channel transistors.’

verb

[with object]British
  • Confine (a pupil or student) to school or college.

    ‘he was gated for the rest of term’

Phrases

  • get (or be given) the gate

    • informal Be dismissed from a job.

      • ‘I can't see him getting the gate under any circumstances, but the natives are very restless, and a .500 campaign or less will make things much worse.’

Origin

Old English gæt, geat, plural gatu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gat ‘gap, hole, breach’.

Pronunciation

gate

/ɡeɪt/

Main definitions of gate in English

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gate2

noun

British
  • (in place names) a street.

    ‘Kirkgate’

Origin

Middle English (also meaning ‘way’ in general): from Old Norse gata; related to German Gasse ‘street, lane’.

Pronunciation

gate

/ɡeɪt/