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gateway

[geyt-wey] /ˈgeɪtˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
2.
a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
3.
any passage by or point at which a region may be entered:
New York soon became the gateway to America.
4.
software or hardware that links two computer networks.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; gate1 + way
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gateway

/ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
2.
a means of entry or access Mumbai, gateway to India
3.
(modifier) allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme form gateway drug, gateway drink
4.
(computing) hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
5.
a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks
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