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door

[dawr, dohr] /dɔr, doʊr/
noun
1.
a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
2.
a doorway:
to go through the door.
3.
the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs:
My friend lives two doors down the street.
4.
any means of approach, admittance, or access:
the doors to learning.
5.
any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another:
at heaven's door.
Idioms
6.
lay at someone's door, to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.
7.
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.
8.
lie at someone's door, to be the responsibility of; be imputable to:
One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.
9.
show someone the door, to request or order someone to leave; dismiss:
She resented his remark and showed him the door.
Origin of door
900
before 900; Middle English dore, Old English duru door, dor gate; akin to German Tür, Old Norse dyrr, Greek thýra, Latin foris, Old Irish dorus, OCS dvĭrĭ
Related forms
doorless, adjective
half-door, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for doorless
Historical Examples
  • Part of the inscription was still there, over the now doorless entrance.

    Time Enough at Last Lyn Venable
  • 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 Max Beerbohm
  • He was lying on a floor of crude planking, the setting sun shining into his eyes through the doorless entrance of the building.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It has a window without panes, and a doorless doorway, and yet a marvellous structure both in workmanship and usefulness.

  • Sheffield, taking from his breast-pocket an electric torch, strode up to the doorless entrance of the abandoned farm, and waited.

  • The inner room was doorless, and the outer door was thrown back and dilapidated.

  • When they had last seen it it had been windowless, doorless and the roof at the rear had been but temporarily patched.

  • He told her he was going to demand the girl who lived in the doorless house on the mountain.

    Serbian Folk-lore Anonymous
  • Raul dismounted in front of a doorless hut, and began to pull off his corn sack, tugging at the leather thongs and henequen cords.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for doorless

door

/dɔː/
noun
1.
  1. a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc
  2. (in combination): doorbell, doorknob
2.
a doorway or entrance to a room or building
3.
a means of access or escape: a door to success
4.
(Brit, informal) especially (sport) early doors, at an early stage
5.
lay at someone's door, to lay (the blame or responsibility) on someone
6.
out of doors, in or into the open air
7.
show someone the door, to order someone to leave
See also next door
Word Origin
Old English duru; related to Old Frisian dure, Old Norse dyrr, Old High German turi, Latin forēs, Greek thura
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Word Origin and History for doorless

door

n.

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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for doorless
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with doorless
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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