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1A hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge: she closed the front gate figurative they were opening the gates of their country wide to the enemy
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  • Andrew drove up to the front gate; the gate was closed, but there was a check-in station.
  • The gunmen in all cases were greeted with hospitality and obeyed requests from the owners to close gates, not break fences or frighten animals.
  • Many walls, fences and gates have to be clambered over.
barrier, wicket, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile;
British  kissing gate;
Scottish  port;
in China moon gate;
in ancient Egypt pylon
1.1A gateway: she went out through the gate
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  • I found a group of men standing outside the gates of the port, clamoring for customers to get into their cabs.
  • At irregular intervals, metal doors and gates gave access to whatever was behind the wall.
  • The site now includes parking, special access gates, wide and clearly visible footpaths, reinforced grass areas and an interpretation board with Braille panel.
gateway, doorway, entrance, exit, egress, opening;
North American  entryway
1.2An exit from an airport building to an aircraft: a departure gate
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  • The small group stood together at the departure gate at Sheridan Airport.
  • The group searched four airport departure gates and, after they could not find the man, returned to the checkpoint to retest the machine.
  • The flight was cancelled and the aircraft returned to the gate.
1.3 [in names] A mountain pass or other natural passage: the Golden Gate
2The number of people who pay to enter a sports ground for an event: an average home gate of more than 12,000
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  • By the very nature of their popularity, certain people can act as role models for the young, lend their good name to charity or simply add thousands to the gate of a sporting event.
  • They are currently lying seventh in the crowd table with an average gate of 8,662.
  • One, a bigger gate means greater admissions and therefore a greater return on the money.
2.1The money paid for admission to a sports ground for an event.
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  • It has the moral right to know whether the money collected from gates is ploughed back into the sport.
  • They cannot, should not and will not disturb the basic formula: pooling the TV money and splitting the live gate.
  • Clubs cannot live on their gate receipts and television money is non-existent so there is a definite need for clubs to be strong throughout the country.
3A device resembling a gate in structure or function, in particular:
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  • This strongly favors the hypothesis that the packing deficiencies detected in membrane gates might be functionally important.
  • Now model years 2001 to 2005 are being recalled because their rear lift gates, well, they could open during a crash.
  • We now know that those gates are proteins which, by coiling and uncoiling like a snake, can change their configuration and hence their opening and closing like gates.
3.1A hinged or sliding barrier for controlling the flow of water: a sluice gate
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  • Workers removed a road and excavated swales to allow tidal action on the parcel, and installed a tide gate to permit water control.
  • The next morning, the kampu opens a wooden gate, releasing a flow of water that provides about nine hours of daytime irrigation.
  • Better and more precisely operated control gates were installed in the canals so that water could be measured more carefully.
3.2An arrangement of slots into which the gear lever of a motor vehicle moves to engage each gear.
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  • Instead of slotting the gear lever through an H-patterned gate, you simply push it away from you repeatedly to change up, and pull back to change down.
  • I didn't think they made gearboxes this bad any more - the gate is far too tight so that I was forever slotting from first to fourth.
  • Drivers can access the feature by moving the gear selector into a separate gate.
3.3A device for holding each frame of a film in position behind the lens of a camera or projector.
Example sentences
  • After some panicky confusion, the lights dimmed, and a single frame appeared locked in the projector gate.
  • I'm convinced that film has a soul, and for me it's the jiggle in the [projector] gate.
4An electric circuit with an output which depends on the combination of several inputs: a logic gate
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  • That is, the output of a gate is fed back into the input.
  • Fundamental to these operations are electronic gates for handling Boolean logic.
  • These two gates are simply combinations of an AND or an OR gate with a NOT gate.
4.1The part of a field-effect transistor to which a signal is applied to control the resistance of the conductive channel of the device.
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  • In an embodiment, the gate of a drive transistor is controlled by the charge on a storage node.
  • The field effect transistor includes a gate over a silicon substrate.
  • Transistors in each column of the display have connected gates and in each row have connected sources.


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Confine (a pupil or student) to school or college: he was gated for the rest of term


get (or be given) the gate
North American informal Be dismissed from a job.
Example sentences
  • I can't see him getting the gate under any circumstances, but the natives are very restless, and a .500 campaign or less will make things much worse.


Old English gæt, geat, plural gatu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gat 'gap, hole, breach'.

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(In place names) a street: Kirkgate


Middle English (also meaning 'way' in general): from Old Norse gata; related to German Gasse 'street, lane'.

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