1 [geyt]
a movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure.
an opening permitting passage through an enclosure.
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.
any means of access or entrance: The gate to stardom is talent.
a mountain pass.
any movable barrier, as at a tollbooth or a road or railroad crossing.
a gateway or passageway in a passenger terminal or pier that leads to a place for boarding a train, plane, or ship.
a sliding barrier for regulating the passage of water, steam, or the like, as in a dam or pipe; valve.
an obstacle in a slalom race, consisting of two upright poles anchored in the snow a certain distance apart.
the opening between these poles, through which a competitor in a slalom race must ski.
the total number of persons who pay for admission to an athletic contest, a performance, an exhibition, etc.
the total receipts from such admissions.
Cell Biology. a temporary channel in a cell membrane through which substances diffuse into or out of a cell.
Movies. film gate.
a sash or frame for a saw or gang of saws.
Also called ingate. a channel or opening in a mold through which molten metal is poured into the mold cavity.
the waste metal left in such a channel after hardening.
a signal that makes an electronic circuit operative or inoperative either for a certain time interval or until another signal is received.
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.
(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
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.
Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.
get the gate, Slang. to be dismissed, sent away, or rejected.
give (someone) the gate, Slang.
to reject (a person), as one's fiancé, lover, or friend.
to dismiss from one's employ: They gave him the gate because he was caught stealing.

before 900; Middle English gat, gate, Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2 Unabridged


2 [geyt]
Archaic. a path; way.
North England and Scot. habitual manner or way of acting.

1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse gata path; perhaps akin to Old English geat gate1; cf. gat3


a combining form extracted from Watergate, occurring as the final element in journalistic coinages, usually nonce words, that name scandals resulting from concealed crime or other alleged improprieties in government or business: Koreagate. Unabridged
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gate1 (ɡeɪt)
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.  a.  the number of people admitted to a sporting event or entertainment
 b.  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
 a.  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
 b.  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
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
[Old English geat; related to Old Frisian jet opening, Old Norse gat opening, passage]

gate2 (ɡeɪt)
1.  the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
2.  the metal that solidifies in such channels
[C17: probably related to Old English gyte a pouring out, geotan to pour]

gate3 (ɡeɪt)
1.  a way, road, street, or path
2.  a way or method of doing something
[C13: from Old Norse gata path; related to Old High German gazza road, street]

n combining form
indicating a person or thing that has been the cause of, or is associated with, a public scandal: Irangate; Camillagate
[C20: on the analogy of Watergate]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gæt (pl. geatu) "opening, passage," from P.Gmc. *gatan (cf. O.N., O.S., O.Fris., Du. gat "an opening"), of unknown origin. Meaning "money collected from selling tickets" dates from 1896. Gate-crasher is from 1927.

suffix attached to anything to indicate "scandal involving," 1973, abstracted from Watergate, Washington, D.C., building complex, home of the National Headquarters of the Democratic Party when it was burglarized June 17, 1972.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

GATE definition

GAT Extended? Based on IT.
[Sammet 1969, p. 139].

gate definition

A low-level digital logic component. Gates perform Boolean functions (e.g. AND, NOT), store bits of data (e.g. a flip-flop), and connect and disconnect various parts of the overall circuit to control the flow of data (tri-state buffer).
In a CPU, the term applies particularly to the buffers that route data between the various functional units. Each gate allows data to flow from one unit to another or enables data from one output onto a certain bus.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Bible Dictionary

Gate definition

(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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Idioms & Phrases


see crash the gate; give someone the air (gate).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Salamanders cling to the sides, bottom and drain gate of the reservoir and swim
  through the water.
Furthermore, it's not known how you would gate electric flow with a single
  atom, which is being demonstrated here.
People who think in terms of determinism pretend that there is no such thing as
  an indeterminate gate.
Maybe park a truckload at the gate of a nuclear establishment.
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