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[geyt-wey] /ˈgeɪtˌweɪ/
an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
any passage by or point at which a region may be entered:
New York soon became the gateway to America.
  1. software or hardware that connects two disparate computer networks, as to enable the passage of information between a home or business network and the Internet.
  2. software that facilitates digital communication of text messages over cellular telephone networks.
Origin of gateway
1700-10; gate1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gateway
  • Beyond the gateway trellis, a new stone path leads to an expanded entry stairway.
  • The builder of the old gateway had no thought of its ever becoming a public thoroughfare.
  • In short, when it wanted but three days to summer, the only part that remained to be finished was the gateway.
  • The caves served as a gateway, and their walls were considered porous.
  • Such words make a closed clubhouse door out of what is mostly an inviting gateway into great fiction.
  • Research is moving online, and more and more users have moved away from thinking of the research library as the gateway to it.
  • They are not human but could mark the gateway to humanity.
  • Existing base stations tend to be linked directly to the network gateway, but not to other base stations.
  • Mobile phones, in particular, are an appealing gateway to the virtual world.
  • In this sense the moon really could be the gateway to the great beyond.
British Dictionary definitions for gateway


an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
a means of entry or access: Mumbai, gateway to India
(modifier) allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme form: gateway drug, gateway drink
(computing) hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for gateway's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for gateway

1707, from gate + way. Figurative use from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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gateway in Technology

1. A deprecated term for a device that enables data to flow between different networks (forming an internet).
Preferred terms are "protocol converter" (connects networks that use different protocols), "router" (connects two broadcast networks at layer 3 (network layer). Another example is a mail gateway, which is a layer 7 (application layer) gateway.
2. An interface between an information source and a World-Wide Web server. Common Gateway Interface is a standard for such interfaces. The information source can be any system that can be accessed by a program running on the web server. A typical example is a relational database.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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