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Dictionary Definition



1 a door-like movable barrier in a fence or wall
2 a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs [syn: logic gate]
3 total admission receipts at a sports event
4 passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark


1 supply with a gate; "The house was gated"
2 control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
3 restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment

User Contributed Dictionary



From < geat.


  • /ɡeɪt/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪt


  1. A door-like structure outside a house.
  2. Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall.
  3. Movable barrier.
    The gate in front of the railroad crossing went up after the train had passed.
  4. A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand etc.
  5. The gap between a batsman's bat and pad.
  6. The amount of money made by selling tickets to a concert or a sports event.


sense computing logic gate

Derived terms


door-like structure outside
  • Arabic: بوابة
  • Chinese: 門口, 门口 (ménkǒu)
  • Dutch: poort
  • French: porte
  • German: Tor
  • Greek: πύλη, θύρα, εξώπορτα
  • Hungarian: kapu
  • Irish: geata
  • Italian: cancello
  • Japanese: 門
  • Korean: (mun)
  • Latin: porta
  • Norwegian: port
  • trreq Persian
  • Polish: brama
  • Portuguese: portão
  • Russian: ворота
  • Scots: yett
  • Spanish: puerta
  • Swedish: port
  • Thai: (bprà-dtoo)
  • trreq Turkish
doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall
  • German: Tor
  • Hebrew:
  • Irish: geata
  • Japanese: 扉
  • Norwegian: port
  • Portuguese: portão
  • Scots: yett
  • Spanish: puerta
movable barrier
  • Czech: závora
  • Finnish: puomi
  • German: Schlagbaum
  • Hungarian: sorompó
  • Japanese: 遮断機
  • Swedish: bom
computing: logical pathway
  • Japanese: ゲート
cricket: gap between a batsman the bat and his pad
money made by selling tickets for an event
  • Japanese: 売上げ


  1. To keep something inside by means of a closed gate.
  2. To ground someone.

Extensive Definition

A gate is a point of entry to a space enclosed by walls, or an opening in a fence. Gates may prevent or control entry or exit, or they may be merely decorative.
Larger gates can be used for a whole building, such as a castle or fortified town, or the actual doors that block entry through the gatehouse. Today many gate doors are opened by an automated gate operator.


In ancient and medieval times, gatehouses of cities and castles were heavily defended and fortified to prevent breaching of the gates. Often the gate would consist of several pairs of doors and iron grates along a channel of rocks through the gatehouse. The top of the tunnel commonly had killing holes to allow defenders to attack invaders trying to breach the inner doors. Drawbridges were common in conjunction with gates to facilitate passing the moat; moats were often used to increase the effective height of the walls.
A number of gates are used to mark military victories or important occasions as in a triumphal arch.
gateways provide protection, and allow communication traffic to pass.
gate in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Брама
gate in Czech: Brána
gate in German: Tor (Architektur)
gate in Italian: Cancello
gate in Japanese: 門
gate in Narom: Barryire
gate in Polish: Brama
gate in Simple English: Gate
gate in Swedish: Gate
gate in Ukrainian: Брама
gate in Chinese: 城門

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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