Definition of gate in English:



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

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

    [as modifier] ‘gate receipts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our gate money has gone into lawyers' pockets rather than into the development of the game.’
    • ‘All gate money raised at the event will be presented to the Army Welfare Society for use of disabled soldiers.’
    • ‘At that time, they were at the bottom of the Fourth Division, with big debts and low gates.’
    • ‘Sports drew most of their revenue from gate money, but tended to set admission prices well below what the market could bear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cup games will raise some income but gate money is shared with their opponents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are currently lying seventh in the crowd table with an average gate of 8,662.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One, a bigger gate means greater admissions and therefore a greater return on the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gate money from the match will be shared between both clubs.’
    • ‘However, the gate money will come as a big boost for the club, who have already racked up £1,600 in competition winnings.’
    1. 2.1 The money taken for admission.
      • ‘They cannot, should not and will not disturb the basic formula: pooling the TV money and splitting the live gate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has the moral right to know whether the money collected from gates is ploughed back into the sport.’
  • 3A device resembling a gate in structure or function, in particular.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now model years 2001 to 2005 are being recalled because their rear lift gates, well, they could open during a crash.’
    • ‘This strongly favors the hypothesis that the packing deficiencies detected in membrane gates might be functionally important.’
    1. 3.1 A hinged or sliding barrier for controlling the flow of water.
      ‘a sluice gate’
      • ‘The water entrance to the ram is controlled by a gate.’
      • ‘The next morning, the kampu opens a wooden gate, releasing a flow of water that provides about nine hours of daytime irrigation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some workers were seen fishing trash out of the river to allow the water to flow more freely through the gate.’
      • ‘In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.’
      • ‘Better and more precisely operated control gates were installed in the canals so that water could be measured more carefully.’
      • ‘Workers removed a road and excavated swales to allow tidal action on the parcel, and installed a tide gate to permit water control.’
      • ‘With its gates closed, the wall would complete a waterproof ring around the area.’
    2. 3.2Skiing An opening through which a skier must pass in a slalom course, typically marked by upright poles.
      • ‘This allows for speed to be carried off the ramp and into the first few gates of the course.’
      • ‘With gates to manoeuvre and unpredictable waters to negotiate, mental steel will be as vital as physical strength.’
      • ‘She picked up four seconds of penalties on her second attempt at the course after touching two gates.’
    3. 3.3 A device for holding each frame of a movie 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 that depends on the combination of several inputs.

    ‘a logic gate’
    • ‘Each logic gate inside a cell must have a distinct repressor assigned to it, or else the gates would interfere with one another.’
    • ‘If you are so inclined, see what you can do to implement this logic with fewer gates.’
    • ‘The logic gates used in the typical computers we know and love today were designed using classical laws of physics.’
    • ‘Things get a little more interesting if we use a circuit with two gates, as in figure 2.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is, the output of a gate is fed back into the input.’
    • ‘The prospect of 10 million gates in a device is stunning.’
    • ‘Imagine a Linux computer with up to millions of gates of flexible logic immediately around it.’
    • ‘To use them, however, we need to implement them in physical reality so that the gates can perform their logic actively.’
    • ‘Computers operate with semiconductor switches known as logic gates that perform binary algebraic processes to yield an output of either zero or one.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


[WITH OBJECT]usually be gated
  • Confine (a student) to school or college.

    ‘he was gated for the rest of term’


  • 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.’


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