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Gates

[geyts] /geɪts/
noun
1.
Horatio, 1728–1806, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
2.
William ("Bill") born 1956, U.S. entrepreneur.

gate1

[geyt] /geɪt/
noun
1.
a movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure.
2.
an opening permitting passage through an enclosure.
3.
a tower, architectural setting, etc., for defending or adorning such an opening or for providing a monumental entrance to a street, park, etc.:
the gates of the walled city; the palace gate.
4.
any means of access or entrance:
The gate to stardom is talent.
5.
a mountain pass.
6.
any movable barrier, as at a tollbooth or a road or railroad crossing.
7.
a gateway or passageway in a passenger terminal or pier that leads to a place for boarding a train, plane, or ship.
8.
a sliding barrier for regulating the passage of water, steam, or the like, as in a dam or pipe; valve.
9.
Skiing.
  1. an obstacle in a slalom race, consisting of two upright poles anchored in the snow a certain distance apart.
  2. the opening between these poles, through which a competitor in a slalom race must ski.
10.
the total number of persons who pay for admission to an athletic contest, a performance, an exhibition, etc.
11.
the total receipts from such admissions.
12.
Cell Biology. a temporary channel in a cell membrane through which substances diffuse into or out of a cell.
13.
Movies. film gate.
14.
a sash or frame for a saw or gang of saws.
15.
Metallurgy.
  1. Also called ingate. a channel or opening in a mold through which molten metal is poured into the mold cavity.
  2. the waste metal left in such a channel after hardening.
16.
Electronics.
  1. a signal that makes an electronic circuit operative or inoperative either for a certain time interval or until another signal is received.
  2. Also called logic gate. a circuit with one output that is activated only by certain combinations of two or more inputs.
verb (used with object), gated, gating.
17.
(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
18.
Electronics.
  1. to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
  2. to select the parts of (a wave signal) that are within a certain range of amplitude or within certain time intervals.
verb (used without object), gated, gating.
19.
Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.
Idioms
20.
get the gate, Slang. to be dismissed, sent away, or rejected.
21.
give (someone) the gate, Slang.
  1. to reject (a person), as one's fiancé, lover, or friend.
  2. to dismiss from one's employ:
    They gave him the gate because he was caught stealing.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English gat, gate, Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2

gate2

[geyt] /geɪt/
noun
1.
Archaic. a path; way.
2.
North England and Scot. habitual manner or way of acting.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English < Old Norse gata path; perhaps akin to Old English geat gate1; cf. gat3
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British Dictionary definitions for Gates

Gates

/ɡeɪts/
noun
1.
Bill, full name William Henry Gates. born 1955, US computer-software executive and philanthropist; founder (1976) of Microsoft Corporation
2.
Henry Louis. born 1950, US scholar and critic, who pioneered African-American studies in such works as Figures in Black (1987)
3.
Horatio. ?1728–1806, American Revolutionary general: defeated the British at Saratoga (1777)

gate1

/ɡeɪt/
noun
1.
a movable barrier, usually hinged, for closing an opening in a wall, fence, etc
2.
an opening to allow passage into or out of an enclosed place
3.
any means of entrance or access
4.
a mountain pass or gap, esp one providing entry into another country or region
5.
  1. the number of people admitted to a sporting event or entertainment
  2. the total entrance money received from them
6.
(in a large airport) any of the numbered exits leading to the airfield or aircraft: passengers for Paris should proceed to gate 14
7.
(horse racing) short for starting gate
8.
(electronics)
  1. a logic circuit having one or more input terminals and one output terminal, the output being switched between two voltage levels determined by the combination of input signals
  2. a circuit used in radar that allows only a fraction of the input signal to pass
9.
the electrode region or regions in a field-effect transistor that is biased to control the conductivity of the channel between the source and drain
10.
a component in a motion-picture camera or projector that holds each frame flat and momentarily stationary behind the lens
11.
a slotted metal frame that controls the positions of the gear lever in a motor vehicle
12.
(rowing) a hinged clasp to prevent the oar from jumping out of a rowlock
13.
a frame surrounding the blade or blades of a saw
verb (transitive)
14.
to provide with a gate or gates
15.
(Brit) to restrict (a student) to the school or college grounds as a punishment
16.
to select (part of a waveform) in terms of amplitude or time
Derived Forms
gateless, adjective
gatelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English geat; related to Old Frisian jet opening, Old Norse gat opening, passage

gate2

/ɡeɪt/
noun (dialect)
1.
the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
2.
the metal that solidifies in such channels
Word Origin
C17: probably related to Old English gyte a pouring out, geotan to pour

gate3

/ɡeɪt/
noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
1.
a way, road, street, or path
2.
a way or method of doing something
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gata path; related to Old High German gazza road, street
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Word Origin and History for Gates

gate

n.

"opening, entrance," Old English geat (plural geatu) "gate, door, opening, passage, hinged framework barrier," from Proto-Germanic *gatan (cf. Old Norse gat "opening, passage," Old Saxon gat "eye of a needle, hole," Old Frisian gat "hole, opening," Dutch gat "gap, hole, breach," German Gasse "street"), of unknown origin. Meaning "money collected from selling tickets" dates from 1896 (short for gate money, 1820). Gate-crasher is from 1927. Finnish katu, Lettish gatua "street" are Germanic loan-words.

v.

"provide with a gate," 1906, from gate (n.). Originally of moulds. Related: Gated (1620s). Gated community recorded by 1989 (earliest reference to Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Gates

gate

noun
  1. The money collected from selling tickets to a sporting or other entertainment event: the winner to take seventy-five and the loser twenty-five percent of the gate (1886+)
  2. A performing engagement; gig (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A musician, a musical devotee, or any man; cat (1920s+ Jazz musicians)
verb

GIVE someone THE GATE (1940s+)

Related Terms

crash, get one's tail in a gate

[musicians' senses fr the simile swing like a gate, ''play or respond to swing music well and readily,'' with some influence of 'gator and alligator; or perhaps fr gatemouth, a nickname for Louis Armstrong; first musical sense said to have been coined by Louis Armstrong]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Gates in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Gates in the Bible

(1.) Of cities, as of Jerusalem (Jer. 37:13; Neh. 1:3; 2:3; 3:3), of Sodom (Gen. 19:1), of Gaza (Judg. 16:3). (2.) Of royal palaces (Neh. 2:8). (3.) Of the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:34, 35; 2 Kings 18:16); of the holy place (1 Kings 6:31, 32; Ezek. 41:23, 24); of the outer courts of the temple, the beautiful gate (Acts 3:2). (4.) Tombs (Matt. 27:60). (5.) Prisons (Acts 12:10; 16:27). (6.) Caverns (1 Kings 19:13). (7.) Camps (Ex. 32:26, 27; Heb. 13:12). The materials of which gates were made were, (1.) Iron and brass (Ps. 107:16; Isa. 45:2; Acts 12:10). (2.) Stones and pearls (Isa. 54:12; Rev. 21:21). (3.) Wood (Judg. 16:3) probably. At the gates of cities courts of justice were frequently held, and hence "judges of the gate" are spoken of (Deut. 16:18; 17:8; 21:19; 25:6, 7, etc.). At the gates prophets also frequently delivered their messages (Prov. 1:21; 8:3; Isa. 29:21; Jer. 17:19, 20; 26:10). Criminals were punished without the gates (1 Kings 21:13; Acts 7:59). By the "gates of righteousness" we are probably to understand those of the temple (Ps. 118:19). "The gates of hell" (R.V., "gates of Hades") Matt. 16:18, are generally interpreted as meaning the power of Satan, but probably they may mean the power of death, denoting that the Church of Christ shall never die.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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