- a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
- a doorway: to go through the door.
- the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs: My friend lives two doors down the street.
- any means of approach, admittance, or access: the doors to learning.
- any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another: at heaven's door.
- lay at someone's door, to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.
- leave the door open, to allow the possibility of accommodation or change; be open to reconsideration: The boss rejected our idea but left the door open for discussing it again next year.
- lie at someone's door, to be the responsibility of; be imputable to: One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.
- show someone the door, to request or order someone to leave; dismiss: She resented his remark and showed him the door.
Origin of door
Examples from the Web for doorless
Part of the inscription was still there, over the now doorless entrance.Time Enough at Last
Back of him was a doorless exit, which gave on to a dark passage.The Sheriff of Badger
George B. Pattullo
A few days ago I sat in one of those libraries which seem to be doorless.And Even Now
He was lying on a floor of crude planking, the setting sun shining into his eyes through the doorless entrance of the building.Deathworld
It has a window without panes, and a doorless doorway, and yet a marvellous structure both in workmanship and usefulness.Woman's Endurance
- a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc
- (in combination)doorbell; doorknob
- a doorway or entrance to a room or building
- a means of access or escapea door to success
- early doors British informal esp sport at an early stage
- lay at someone's door to lay (the blame or responsibility) on someone
- out of doors in or into the open air
- show someone the door to order someone to leave
Word Origin and History for doorless
Middle English merger of Old English dor (neuter; plural doru) "large door, gate," and Old English duru (fem., plural dura) "door, gate, wicket;" both from Proto-Germanic *dur- (cf. Old Saxon duru, Old Norse dyrr, Danish dør, Old Frisian dure, Old High German turi, German Tür).
The Germanic words are from PIE *dhwer- "a doorway, a door, a gate" (cf. Greek thura, Latin foris, Gaulish doro "mouth," Gothic dauro "gate," Sanskrit dvárah "door, gate," Old Persian duvara- "door," Old Prussian dwaris "gate," Russian dver' "a door").
The base form is frequently in dual or plural, leading to speculation that houses of the original Indo-Europeans had doors with two swinging halves. Middle English had both dure and dor; form dore predominated by 16c., but was supplanted by door.
A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. [Ogden Nash]
Idioms and Phrases with doorless
see at death's door; at one's door; back door; beat a path to someone's door; behind closed doors; close the door on; darken one's door; foot in the door; keep the wolf from the door; lay at someone's door; leave the door open; lock the barn door; next door to; open doors; open the door to; see someone out (to the door); show someone out (to the door); show someone the door.