Definition of Gate

Pronunciation: gāt
n.1.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.
2.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.
- Shak.
Opening a gate for a long war.
- Knolles.
3.A door, valve, or other device, for stopping the passage of water through a dam, lock, pipe, etc.
4.(Script.) The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might.
The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
- Matt. xvi. 18.
5.In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
6.(Founding) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mold; the ingate.
Gate chamber
a recess in the side wall of a canal lock, which receives the opened gate.
Gate channel
See Gate, 5.
Gate hook
the hook-formed piece of a gate hinge.
Gate money
entrance money for admission to an inclosure.
Gate tender
one in charge of a gate, as at a railroad crossing.
Gate valva
a stop valve for a pipe, having a sliding gate which affords a straight passageway when open.
Gate vein
(Anat.) the portal vein.
To break gates
(Eng. Univ.) to enter a college inclosure after the hour to which a student has been restricted.
To stand in the gate
to occupy places or advantage, power, or defense.
v. t.1.To supply with a gate.
2.(Eng. Univ.) To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.
n.1.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.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.Manner; gait.

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