• Stele in the Form of a Door
    Stele in the Form of a Door
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n door a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle "he knocked on the door","he slammed the door as he left"
    • n door a room that is entered via a door "his office is the third door down the hall on the left"
    • n door a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road) "the office next door","they live two doors up the street from us"
    • n door the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close "he stuck his head in the doorway"
    • n door anything providing a means of access (or escape) "we closed the door to Haitian immigrants","education is the door to success"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

HirkhÛf Receiving Posthumous Homage at the Door Of his Tomb from His Son HirkhÛf Receiving Posthumous Homage at the Door Of his Tomb from His Son
Priest's door and Norman Chancel Ripley Church Priest's door and Norman Chancel Ripley Church
Bessie leans around the edge of the door Bessie leans around the edge of the door
Showing rooms, doors, windows dome and other features Showing rooms, doors, windows dome and other features
SANTIAGO. South Door of the Cathedral SANTIAGO. South Door of the Cathedral
VALENCIA. Door of the Cathedral VALENCIA. Door of the Cathedral
Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The revolving door was invented in 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel.
    • Door An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or apartment to which it leads. "Martin's office is now the second door in the street."
    • Door An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by which to go in and out; an entrance way. "To the same end, men several paths may tread,
      As many doors into one temple lead."
    • Door Passage; means of approach or access. "I am the door ; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved."
    • Door The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house or apartment is closed and opened. "At last he came unto an iron door That fast was locked."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors in it
    • n door A movable barrier of wood, metal, stone, or other material, consisting sometimes of one piece, but generally of several pieces framed together, commonly placed on hinges, for closing a passage into a building, room, or other inclosure. In antiquity, as in China and other Eastern countries at the present day, doors often swung on pivots projecting into sockets above and below. Modern carpenters' doors are classified in general as batten-doors and panel-doors. Batten-doors are formed of two or more boards placed longitudinally side by side, and held together by two or more transverse rails. Panel-doors are formed of a skeleton framework called a door-frame, of which the openings are filled with pieces of stuff called panels, which are usually cut from thinner boards than the framework. If the panels are wider than they are high, they are called lying panels; if longer than wide, they are called standing panels.
    • n door An opening for passage into or out of a building or any apartment of it, or any inclosure; a doorway.
    • n door Hence—3. An exterior or public entrance-way, or the house or apartment to which it leads.
    • n door Avenue; passage; means of approach or access, or of exit: commonly in figurative uses: as, the door of reconciliation; a door of escape.
    • n door Near to; bordering on; very nearly.
    • n door Hence, figuratively, quite gone; no more to be found; lost; irrelevant.
    • n door Figuratively, to ruin one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Springfield, door to door salesman are prohibited from selling their goods while standing in the middle of the road, screaming at passing vehicles.
    • n Door dōr the usual entrance into a house, room, or passage: the wooden frame on hinges closing up the entrance: a means of approach or access
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  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “The greatest step is out the door.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Opiate. An unlocked door in the prison of Identity. It leads into the jail yard.”
  • Julian Clary
    Julian Clary
    “The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next door.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    “Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.”
  • Omar Khayyam
    “There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “He that bringeth a present findeth the door open.”


At death's door - If someone looks as if they are at death's door, they look seriously unwell and might actually be dying.
Behind closed doors - If something happens away from the public eye, it happens behind closed doors.
By the back door - If something is started or introduced by the back door, then it is not done openly or by following the proper procedures.
Close the stable door after the horse has bolted - If people try to fix something after the problem has occurred, they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted. 'Close the barn door after the horse has bolted' is alternative, often used in American English.
Foot in the door - If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
Fortune knocks once at every man's door - Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
Keep the wolf from the door - If you keep the wolf from the door, you have enough money for food and the basic essentials.
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted - If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.
Never darken my door again - This is a way of telling someone never to visit you again.
Pushing at an open door - If you're pushing at an open door, you achieve what you want easily because many people agree with you or support you.
Swinging door - This idiom refers to something or someone that can go in two conflicting or opposite directions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dore, dure, AS. duru,; akin to OS. dura, dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor, gate, G. thür, thor, Icel. dyrr, Dan. dör, Sw. dörr, Goth. daur, Lith. durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ; cf. Skr. dur, dvāra,. √246. Cf. Foreign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. duru; Ger. thor, thür; Gr. thyra, L. fores (pl.), a door.


In literature:

He opened a door to reveal another door covered with wire netting.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
A faint reddish glow came to them from the curtained glass door of the ell sitting room.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Was her boy to wander from door to door and fiddle for pennies?
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
When he got there, he found his mother sitting on the bink by the door knitting quietly.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Just then the door opposite the bench creaked slightly, and a gentleman entered.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Steps, with wrought iron railings, lead to the oaken door, well barred with steel.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
A door is a door, to be opened.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He laid it carefully between the door and the door-post, and then shut the door so that the nut cracked directly.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
There was a double door to the study, so that Berrington could not hear much, but the inner door had not been closed.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
But after many stormy days had tried her patience, there was at length a sudden change, both without and within doors.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner

In poetry:

How will it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye
"Question" by May Swenson
The door that was inside
is now on the outside.
Under the hands of hordes
the glass dies.
"Beumer & Co" by Gerrit Achterberg
I never tread within it,
I never turn to see
The Wide Door into Sorrow.
It cannot frighten me.
"The Narrow Doors" by Fannie Stearns Davis
I keep expecting a
knock on the door
well, that's what you
get for living around
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Through keyhole he enters
And stands at thy side,
Doors of wood nor of stone
Against him provide.
"Gossip" by Ivan Nikitin
Over the rim of the Moor,
And under the starry sky,
Two men came to my door
And rested them thereby.
"Exmoor Verses" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

In news:

The door-to-door cosmetics company ignores its core market of cosmetics, according to Wall Street 24/7.
Captain Hall says police plan to go door-to-door on Tuesday distributing sketches of the suspect in the parking ramp attack.
Lansing police will go door-to-door downtown on Tuesday distributing sketches of suspect in parking ramp attack.
Inbound dock doors line up on one side of a long, narrow building, with outbound dock doors directly opposite, and very little in-between to impede product flow.
Beware of door -to- door alarm sales scams.
Police warn residents of strangers going door -to- door .
This year the Korean kolossus came out with a koupe — er, a coupe version (two doors ) of its popular Elantra econo-sedan (four doors ) plus this front-wheel-drive Euro-style hatchback, the 2013 GT, with five doors .
Beware of door-to-door alarm sales scams.
Police warn residents of strangers going door-to-door .
Striking Red Cross workers plan to go door-to-door .
Obama's spokesperson told us they do have volunteers going door-to-door across the state helping people turn their ballot in.
Possible illegitimate door-to-door sales in Hannibal.
Massena police receive complaints about door-to-door meat salesmen.
Inflatables and door to door scammers.
DURANGO, Colo.- Authorities are going door to door asking for information on what happened to missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine in Vallecito.

In science:

The present study proposes a new class of nanotubular materials and opens the door to a range of interesting problems for future studies.
Metal-Boron Nanotubes
These unconventional low lying excitations open the door to new and surprising phenomena upon hole doping.
Spin-Charge Separation in Two-dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets
The discovery of quantum groups opens the door for the link between invariant spaces and topological invariants of links and manifolds.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
For further application of the preservation results presented in this section, as well as related techniques for establishing (un)definability of topological properties such as submaximality, being nodec, door, maximal, perfectly disconnected, etc., see the recent paper .
Modal languages for topology: expressivity and definability
This word arose in the fantasy of James Joyce and signified to tap on the door in his novel Ulysses.
Palindromic complexity of infinite words associated with non-simple Parry numbers