• WordNet 3.6
    • v gate restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
    • v gate control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
    • v gate supply with a gate "The house was gated"
    • n gate a movable barrier in a fence or wall
    • n gate a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs
    • n gate passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
    • n gate total admission receipts at a sports event
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Additional illustrations & photos:

New Palace Gate New Palace Gate
Old St. Louis Gate Old St. Louis Gate
New St. John's Gate New St. John's Gate
Old Prescott Gate Old Prescott Gate
Hope Gate Hope Gate
New Kent Gate New Kent Gate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates house was partially designed using a Macintosh computer. new
    • Gate A door, valve, or other device, for stopping the passage of water through a dam, lock, pipe, etc.
    • Gate A large door or passageway in the wall of a city, of an inclosed field or place, or of a grand edifice, etc.; also, the movable structure of timber, metal, etc., by which the passage can be closed.
    • Gate A way; a path; a road; a street (as in Highgate). "I was going to be an honest man; but the devil has this very day flung first a lawyer, and then a woman, in my gate ."
    • Gate An opening for passage in any inclosing wall, fence, or barrier; or the suspended framework which closes or opens a passage. Also, figuratively, a means or way of entrance or of exit. "Knowest thou the way to Dover?
      Both stile and gate , horse way and footpath."
      "Opening a gate for a long war."
    • Gate In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
    • Gate Manner; gait.
    • Gate (Founding) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mold; the ingate.
    • Gate (Script) The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might. "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
    • Gate (Founding) The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece.
    • Gate (Eng. Univ) To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.
    • gate (Carp) to put it on hinges so that it can swing or turn.
    • Gate To supply with a gate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Golden Gate Bridge was first opened in 1937
    • n gate A passage or opening closed by a movable barrier (a door or gate in sense 3); a gateway: commonly used with reference to such barrier, and specifically for the entrance to a large inclosure or building, as a walled city, a fortification, a great church or palace, or other public monument.
    • n gate Hence, any somewhat contracted or difficult means or avenue of approach or passage; a narrow opening or defile: as, the Iron Gates of the Danube.
    • n gate A movable barrier consisting of a frame or solid structure of wood, iron, or other material, set on hinges or pivots in or at the end of a passage in order to close it. Specifically— A swinging frame, usually of openwork, closing a passage through an inclosing wall or fence: in this use distinguished from door, which is usually a solid frame closing a passage to a house or room.
    • n gate The movable framework which shuts or opens a passage for water, as at the entrance to a dock or in a canal-lock.
    • n gate In coal-mining, an underground road connecting a stall with a main road or inclined plane. Also called gate-road, gateway.
    • n gate In founding:
    • n gate One of various forms of channels or openings made in the sand or molds, through which the metal flows (pouring-gate), or by means of which access is had to it, either for skimming its surface (skimming-gate) or for other purposes.
    • n gate The waste piece of metal cast in the gate.
    • n gate A ridge in a casting which has to be sawn off.
    • n gate In locksmithing, one of the apertures in the tumblers for the passage of the stub.
    • n gate A sash or frame in which a saw is extended, to prevent buckling or bending.
    • gate To supply with a gate.
    • gate In the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to punish by a restriction on customary liberty. An undergraduate may be gated for a breach of college discipline either by having to be within his college-gates by a certain hour, or by being denied liberty to go beyond the gates.
    • n gate A way; road; path; course.
    • n gate Way; manner; mode of doing: used especially with all, this, thus, other, no, etc., in adverbial phrases.
    • n gate In particular Way or manner of walking; walk; carriage. [In this use now spelled gait, and usually associated (erroneously) with the verb go. See the etymology, and gait.] Movement on a course or way; progress; procession; journey; expedition.
    • n gate Room or opportunity for going forward; space to move in.
    • gate To go.
    • n gate An archaic or dialectal form of goat.
    • gate To place (a warp) in a loom ready for weaving.
    • gate To put (a machine, as a loom) in order to do its work properly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates began his business career at the age of 14 by forming a company called Traf-O-Data with some friends of his.
    • n Gate gāt a passage into a city, enclosure, or any large building: a narrow opening or defile: a frame in the entrance into any enclosure: an entrance
    • v.t Gate to supply with a gate: at Oxford and Cambridge, to punish by requiring the offender to be within the college gates by a certain hour
    • n Gate gāt (Scot.) a way, path: manner of doing, esp. in adverbial phrases like 'this gate,' 'any gate,' 'some gate.'
    • n Gate gāt (Spens.) a goat.
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  • Sir John Lubbock
    “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.”
  • Klemens Von Metternich
    Klemens Von Metternich
    “It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.”
  • Homer
    “Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”


First out of the gate - When someone is first out of the gate, they are the first to do something that others are trying to do.
Out of the gate running - If someone comes out of the gate running, they start something at a fast pace, without any build-up.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ȝet, ȝeat, giat, gate, door, AS. geat, gat, gate, door; akin to OS., D., & Icel. gat, opening, hole, and perh. to E. gate, a way, gait, and get, v. Cf. Gate a way, 3d Get
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gat.


In literature:

She opened the gate and held it till he passed through, and then followed him up the path into Hannah's bright kitchen.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
At the gate the girl and the gate-keeper fell a-talking.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the corner of the wall, and fortified them.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
It was a dilapidated gate at which he drew rein.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
The boys slipped in the side gate in a manner so noiseless that it might almost be called sneaking.
"Chicken Little Jane" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
The gate of the Embassy was closed.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Let the estate be deserted, and the gates and doors left wide, and no mischief may be done.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Emily Fair got out of Hiram Jameson's waggon at the gate.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Worth met her Uncle Paul at the garden gate.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She opened the gate and waved violently after the cart.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

In poetry:

Perhaps I have almost reached it,
For when I am walking late,
I see a shrouded stranger
Beside my postern gate;
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
Once again my spirit waits
At a morrow's golden gates,
As in resurrection there
With the frankincense of prayer:
"A Morning Hymn" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
A WALL impregnable surrounds
The Town wherein I dwell;
No man may scale it and it has
Two gates that guard it well.
"The Town Between" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
He stepps from out the Broosh
And in the gate is gone;
And X, although the people push,
Says wary kind, "Move hon."
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
With anxious looks intent,
Before the gate they stop,
There comes the good Lord President,
And there the Archbishopp.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Every man must, soon or late,
Turn up at the Golden Gate:
When we weigh in - you and I -
How can horsemen better die!"
"Short Shrift" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates receives Silver Buffalo Award.
I would've collared Gates immediately.
The 2012 series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr explores major historical events through the ancestries of prominent Americans.
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand.
A Private Commune Near the Biggest Gate.
Mitchell International Airport is considering a plan to close one of its three concourses, the result of declining air traffic and shifts in gates among airlines.
The gate shifts will cost the airport about $1.1 million, according to a Milwaukee County report.
The biggest ship to ever come into San Francisco Bay cruised under the Golden Gate Bridge Wednesday afternoon.
In some ways, Mr Gates' 4½-year tenure under two presidents was one of big achievements but stark contradictions .
Start-Up Goes Public On Corbis Fraud, Starring Bill Gates.
Gates open at 4 pm, concert begins at 6 pm.
Tickets ($15 non-members, $13 Klehm members, free for children 16 and younger) can be obtained at the gate, online at or by calling 815 965-8146.
Robert Gates has a million of 'em.
POTUS, a Sirius XM satellite radio channel, satirizes Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his proclivity for bad jokes.
Garden designer Vanessa Johanning believes a garden gate is the most exciting way to introduce a special place.

In science:

The algorithm decomposes the matrix ˜M † into a product of two-level matrices that can be translated into a sequence of elementary gates, i.e., each gate operates on one or two qubits.
Quantum circuits for single-qubit measurements corresponding to platonic solids
Compared to the general circuit in Section 5 we are able to replace two controlled gates by a single uncontrolled gate.
Quantum circuits for single-qubit measurements corresponding to platonic solids
The first gate at Alice’s qubits represents a NOT gate applied to the second qubit controlled by the first qubit being zero.
Conclusive and arbitrarily perfect quantum state transfer using parallel spin chain channels
Even though a 2-qubit gate in solid state systems is difficult, such a gate for charge qubits has been reported .
Conclusive and arbitrarily perfect quantum state transfer using parallel spin chain channels
Contrary to static imperfections, random imperfections which change from gate to gate, e.g., lead to a purely linear-in-time exponential decay of the fidelity .
Quantum error correction of coherent errors by randomization