Definition of gate in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Andrew drove up to the front gate; the gate was closed, but there was a check-in station.’
    • ‘The front security gates open and close using hydraulic pressure, which is more efficient and reliable than electricity.’
    • ‘Many walls, fences and gates have to be clambered over.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After only a few minutes they stopped in front of a large gate in a fence around what might have been a military base.’
    • ‘Paths, steps, walls, gates and fences draw the eye as well as the foot.’
    • ‘They stopped in front of a cattle gate in the fence surrounding a pasture about a hundred yards across.’
    • ‘With the front gate closed, the family house became a fortress.’
    • ‘Make sure fences, walls and gates are in good repair, so children cannot slip through holes onto busy roads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are stone benches, wrought-iron fences and gates, wall fountains, pots, pillars, and antique baskets.’
    • ‘He walked down to the front gate and closed it, listening to it click.’
    • ‘She hit a button on the wall and the front gates swung open.’
    • ‘The gunmen in all cases were greeted with hospitality and obeyed requests from the owners to close gates, not break fences or frighten animals.’
    • ‘The wall, the gates, the closed garage doors give the place an isolated feeling, which the builder marketed as security.’
    • ‘He said he saw a little girl crying outside the barbed wire fence by the front gate of the former palace where he works.’
    • ‘The landscaped courtyard is enclosed by stone walls and wrought iron gates to the front and rear.’
    • ‘Here the paddocks were divided by stout post and rail fences with wooden gates.’
    barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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    1. 1.1A gateway.
      ‘she went out through the gate’
      • ‘There is no regulation that says the army soldiers stationed at the gates of the port can collect money from the truck drivers.’
      • ‘They gained access via a gate which is used by council maintenance vehicles.’
      • ‘She made her way, seemingly effortlessly, over walls, through gates and under hedges as the following horde tried in vain to make ground.’
      • ‘Her husband had been a porter at the palace gates until he was turned into a door knocker by a fairy.’
      • ‘I drove past the studios; the gates seemed like portals to some other world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At irregular intervals, metal doors and gates gave access to whatever was behind the wall.’
      • ‘The victim asked the man to go round to the side gate, allowing him access into the back garden.’
      • ‘The site now includes parking, special access gates, wide and clearly visible footpaths, reinforced grass areas and an interpretation board with Braille panel.’
      • ‘There are gates for our access, but we do not want the gardens open to the public.’
      • ‘Yesterday was also a special day, as we had 101 visitors through the gates accessing this Mexican produce.’
      • ‘I found a group of men standing outside the gates of the port, clamoring for customers to get into their cabs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said that the householders got home to find the side gate and patio door open.’
      • ‘We then exited through a huge glass door to our parked cars and drove via unguarded gates home.’
      • ‘These were placed at the gate or doorway of the house so that the returned souls could see where they were going.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I had him walk out of the door, down the steps, out the gate; and there was a woman waiting for him.’
    2. 1.2An exit from an airport building to an aircraft.
      • ‘The group searched four airport departure gates and, after they could not find the man, returned to the checkpoint to retest the machine.’
      • ‘They all continued walking through the airport towards their next gate.’
      • ‘The small group stood together at the departure gate at Sheridan Airport.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a strange combination of excitement, anxiety and eagerness, I rushed toward him as I saw him outside the gate at the airport.’
      • ‘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'd been on his mind since he lost sight of her as he stepped from the terminal through the gate at the airport.’
      • ‘He rolled out of the airport gate for a test drive, and I never saw him again.’
      • ‘Most airlines allow cell phone use when a plane is on the ground or at an airport gate.’
      • ‘A stewardess was stationed at the airport departure gate to check tickets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I decided to brass it and head for the departure gate without a boarding card.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If we are unfamiliar with a particular gate or taxi route, ground controllers are more than willing to help out with directions.’
      • ‘They all carried two bags each and all walked in through the gates at the airport.’
      • ‘The flight was cancelled and the aircraft returned to the gate.’
      • ‘She waved one last good-bye to her parents who were standing on the other side of the security gates at Kennedy Airport.’
      • ‘The reflective silence was not broken until we reached his gate at the airport.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At that time, they were at the bottom of the Fourth Division, with big debts and low gates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are currently lying seventh in the crowd table with an average gate of 8,662.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All gate money raised at the event will be presented to the Army Welfare Society for use of disabled soldiers.’
    • ‘However, the gate money will come as a big boost for the club, who have already racked up £1,600 in competition winnings.’
    • ‘The cup games will raise some income but gate money is shared with their opponents.’
    • ‘Our gate money has gone into lawyers' pockets rather than into the development of the game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The gate money from the match will be shared between both clubs.’
    • ‘Not only are there sell out crowds in the Premiership but the Nationwide Leagues have been enjoyed increased gates over the last season.’
    • ‘One, a bigger gate means greater admissions and therefore a greater return on the money.’
    1. 2.1The 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.

    • ‘This strongly favors the hypothesis that the packing deficiencies detected in membrane gates might be functionally important.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 3.1A hinged or sliding barrier for controlling the flow of water.
      ‘a sluice gate’
      • ‘With its gates closed, the wall would complete a waterproof ring around the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some workers were seen fishing trash out of the river to allow the water to flow more freely through the gate.’
      • ‘Better and more precisely operated control gates were installed in the canals so that water could be measured more carefully.’
      • ‘In flood years they open the gates and fresh water flushes through the Basin and the crawfish and the fishermen flourish.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Workers removed a road and excavated swales to allow tidal action on the parcel, and installed a tide gate to permit water control.’
    2. 3.2Skiing
      An opening through which a skier must pass in a slalom course, typically marked by upright poles.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This allows for speed to be carried off the ramp and into the first few gates of the course.’
    3. 3.3A device for holding each frame of a movie film in position behind the lens of a camera or projector.
      • ‘After some panicky confusion, the lights dimmed, and a single frame appeared locked in the projector gate.’
      • ‘I'm convinced that film has a soul, and for me it's the jiggle in the [projector] gate.’
  • 4An electric circuit with an output that depends on the combination of several inputs.

    ‘a logic gate’
    • ‘Things get a little more interesting if we use a circuit with two gates, as in figure 2.’
    • ‘These two gates are simply combinations of an AND or an OR gate with a NOT gate.’
    • ‘Computers operate with semiconductor switches known as logic gates that perform binary algebraic processes to yield an output of either zero or one.’
    • ‘The logic gates used in the typical computers we know and love today were designed using classical laws of physics.’
    • ‘Fundamental to these operations are electronic gates for handling Boolean logic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘That is, the output of a gate is fed back into the input.’
    1. 4.1The part of a field-effect transistor to which a signal is applied to control the resistance of the conductive channel of the device.
      • ‘The number of logic inputs are coupled to a number of gates of free standing vertical n-channel transistors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an embodiment, the gate of a drive transistor is controlled by the charge on a storage node.’
      • ‘Thus, the voltage connected to the gate controls the strength of the current in the channel.’


  • 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.