see also: Gate, GATE
Pronunciation Noun

gate (plural gates)

  1. A doorlike structure outside a house.
  2. Doorway, opening, or passage in a fence or wall.
  3. Movable barrier.
    The gate in front of the railroad crossing went up after the train had passed.
  4. (computing) A logical pathway made up of switches which turn on or off. Examples are and, or, nand, etc.
  5. (cricket) The gap between a batsman's bat and pad.
    Singh was bowled through the gate, a very disappointing way for a world-class batsman to get out.
  6. The amount of money made by selling tickets to a concert or a sports event.
  7. (flow cytometry) A line that separates particle type-clusters on two-dimensional dot plots.
  8. Passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark.
  9. (electronics) The controlling terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
  10. In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
  11. (metalworking) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mould; the ingate.
  12. The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece. Also written geat and git.
  13. (cinematography) A mechanism, in a film camera and projector, that holds each frame momentarily stationary behind the aperture.
  14. A tally mark consisting of four vertical bars crossed by a diagonal, representing a count of five.
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gate (gates, present participle gating; past and past participle gated)

  1. To keep something inside by means of a closed gate.
  2. To punish, especially a child or teenager, by not allowing them to go out.
    Synonyms: ground
    • 1971, E. M. Forster, Maurice (novel), Penguin, 1972, Chapter 13, p. 72,
      “I’ve missed two lectures already,” remarked Maurice, who was breakfasting in his pyjamas.
      “Cut them all — he’ll only gate you.”
  3. (biochemistry) To open a closed ion channel.
  4. (transitive) To furnish with a gate.
  5. (transitive) To turn (an image intensifier) on and off selectively as needed, or to avoid damage. See autogating.

gate (plural gates)

  1. (now, Scotland, Northern England) A way, path.
    • 1818 July 24, Jedadiah Cleishbotham [pseudonym; Walter Scott], Tales of My Landlord, Second Series, [...] In Four Volumes (The Heart of Mid-Lothian), volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed [by James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Company, OCLC 819902302 ↗:
  2. (obsolete) A journey.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto XII:
      {...}} nought regarding, they kept on their gate, / And all her vaine allurements did forsake {{...}
  3. (Scotland, Northern England) A street; now used especially as a combining form to make the name of a street e.g. "Briggate" (a common street name in the north of England meaning "Bridge Street") or Kirkgate meaning "Church Street".
  4. (Britain, Scotland, dialect, archaic) Manner; gait.

Proper noun
  1. A ghost town in Scott County, Arkansas.
  2. A tiny town in Beaver County, Oklahoma.
  3. An unincorporated community in Thurston County, Washington.


gate (uncountable)

  1. (education, initialism) gifted and talented education

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