- 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 doors
A train had actually arrived at the station but its doors were already shut.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
So with the doors of late night closed to her, Slate had to scale down her ambitions to raise her profile.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
Eddie Murphy opened the doors for other black actors—and black comics—who are now seeing a major amount of play in films.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
But they are relishing their pastries with heavy hearts this week, as De Robertis prepares to close its doors for good tomorrow.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
If criticism of this kind is prohibited the doors of the House might as well be shut.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Her father was already out of doors, but her mother was having breakfast in bed.Weighed and Wanting
Do not open and shut the doors, and make a noise, as if there were four of you.Rico and Wiseli
Let us run out of doors, and have some nice play with the other children.The Paradise of Children
Her room was on the Rue des Orfevres, only three doors away from the Huberts.The Dream
- the. US rock group (1965–73), originally comprising Jim Morrison (1943–71), Ray Manzarek (1935–2013), Robby Krieger (born 1946), and John Densmore (born 1945)See also Morrison
- 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 doors
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 doors
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.