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[gey-tid] /ˈgeɪ tɪd/
(of patterns in a foundry mold) linked by gates.
Origin of gated
1620-30; gate1 + -ed3
Related forms
ungated, adjective


[geyt] /geɪt/
a movable barrier, usually on hinges, closing an opening in a fence, wall, or other enclosure.
an opening permitting passage through an enclosure.
a tower, architectural setting, etc., for defending or adorning such an opening or for providing a monumental entrance to a street, park, etc.:
the gates of the walled city; the palace gate.
any means of access or entrance:
The gate to stardom is talent.
a mountain pass.
any movable barrier, as at a tollbooth or a road or railroad crossing.
a gateway or passageway in a passenger terminal or pier that leads to a place for boarding a train, plane, or ship.
a sliding barrier for regulating the passage of water, steam, or the like, as in a dam or pipe; valve.
  1. an obstacle in a slalom race, consisting of two upright poles anchored in the snow a certain distance apart.
  2. the opening between these poles, through which a competitor in a slalom race must ski.
the total number of persons who pay for admission to an athletic contest, a performance, an exhibition, etc.
the total receipts from such admissions.
Cell Biology. a temporary channel in a cell membrane through which substances diffuse into or out of a cell.
Movies. film gate.
a sash or frame for a saw or gang of saws.
  1. Also called ingate. a channel or opening in a mold through which molten metal is poured into the mold cavity.
  2. the waste metal left in such a channel after hardening.
  1. a signal that makes an electronic circuit operative or inoperative either for a certain time interval or until another signal is received.
  2. Also called logic gate. a circuit with one output that is activated only by certain combinations of two or more inputs.
verb (used with object), gated, gating.
(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
  1. to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
  2. to select the parts of (a wave signal) that are within a certain range of amplitude or within certain time intervals.
verb (used without object), gated, gating.
Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.
get the gate, Slang. to be dismissed, sent away, or rejected.
give (someone) the gate, Slang.
  1. to reject (a person), as one's fiancé, lover, or friend.
  2. to dismiss from one's employ:
    They gave him the gate because he was caught stealing.
before 900; Middle English gat, gate, Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2
Can be confused
gait, gate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for gated
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  • Not the hoary tombs of the Pharaohs, and the one hundred gated cities of the Nile.

  • He was gated for a week at eight, and coughed out of the room.

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • But I do not wish descriptions of being 'gated,' or 'sent down,' or 'ploughed,' and that kind of commonplace.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • “Thought you were gated when I saw Haviland go out alone,” went on Smithson as they started.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford
  • Suspended, gated for the rest of the term, and four hundred lines to do for Williams into the bargain.

    Haviland's Chum Bertram Mitford
British Dictionary definitions for gated


a movable barrier, usually hinged, for closing an opening in a wall, fence, etc
an opening to allow passage into or out of an enclosed place
any means of entrance or access
a mountain pass or gap, esp one providing entry into another country or region
  1. the number of people admitted to a sporting event or entertainment
  2. the total entrance money received from them
(in a large airport) any of the numbered exits leading to the airfield or aircraft: passengers for Paris should proceed to gate 14
(horse racing) short for starting gate
  1. a logic circuit having one or more input terminals and one output terminal, the output being switched between two voltage levels determined by the combination of input signals
  2. a circuit used in radar that allows only a fraction of the input signal to pass
the electrode region or regions in a field-effect transistor that is biased to control the conductivity of the channel between the source and drain
a component in a motion-picture camera or projector that holds each frame flat and momentarily stationary behind the lens
a slotted metal frame that controls the positions of the gear lever in a motor vehicle
(rowing) a hinged clasp to prevent the oar from jumping out of a rowlock
a frame surrounding the blade or blades of a saw
verb (transitive)
to provide with a gate or gates
(Brit) to restrict (a student) to the school or college grounds as a punishment
to select (part of a waveform) in terms of amplitude or time
Derived Forms
gateless, adjective
gatelike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English geat; related to Old Frisian jet opening, Old Norse gat opening, passage


noun (dialect)
the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
the metal that solidifies in such channels
Word Origin
C17: probably related to Old English gyte a pouring out, geotan to pour


noun (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
a way, road, street, or path
a way or method of doing something
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse gata path; related to Old High German gazza road, street
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Word Origin and History for gated



"opening, entrance," Old English geat (plural geatu) "gate, door, opening, passage, hinged framework barrier," from Proto-Germanic *gatan (cf. Old Norse gat "opening, passage," Old Saxon gat "eye of a needle, hole," Old Frisian gat "hole, opening," Dutch gat "gap, hole, breach," German Gasse "street"), of unknown origin. Meaning "money collected from selling tickets" dates from 1896 (short for gate money, 1820). Gate-crasher is from 1927. Finnish katu, Lettish gatua "street" are Germanic loan-words.


"provide with a gate," 1906, from gate (n.). Originally of moulds. Related: Gated (1620s). Gated community recorded by 1989 (earliest reference to Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gated



  1. The money collected from selling tickets to a sporting or other entertainment event: the winner to take seventy-five and the loser twenty-five percent of the gate (1886+)
  2. A performing engagement; gig (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
  3. A musician, a musical devotee, or any man; cat (1920s+ Jazz musicians)


GIVE someone THE GATE (1940s+)

Related Terms

crash, get one's tail in a gate

[musicians' senses fr the simile swing like a gate, ''play or respond to swing music well and readily,'' with some influence of 'gator and alligator; or perhaps fr gatemouth, a nickname for Louis Armstrong; first musical sense said to have been coined by Louis Armstrong]

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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gated in Technology

/gayt-dee/ Gate daemon.
A program which supports multiple routing protocols and protocol families. It may be used for routing, and makes an effective platform for routing protocol research.
See also Exterior Gateway Protocol, Open Shortest Path First, Routing Information Protocol, routed.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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gated in the Bible

(1.) Of cities, as of Jerusalem (Jer. 37:13; Neh. 1:3; 2:3; 3:3), of Sodom (Gen. 19:1), of Gaza (Judg. 16:3). (2.) Of royal palaces (Neh. 2:8). (3.) Of the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:34, 35; 2 Kings 18:16); of the holy place (1 Kings 6:31, 32; Ezek. 41:23, 24); of the outer courts of the temple, the beautiful gate (Acts 3:2). (4.) Tombs (Matt. 27:60). (5.) Prisons (Acts 12:10; 16:27). (6.) Caverns (1 Kings 19:13). (7.) Camps (Ex. 32:26, 27; Heb. 13:12). The materials of which gates were made were, (1.) Iron and brass (Ps. 107:16; Isa. 45:2; Acts 12:10). (2.) Stones and pearls (Isa. 54:12; Rev. 21:21). (3.) Wood (Judg. 16:3) probably. At the gates of cities courts of justice were frequently held, and hence "judges of the gate" are spoken of (Deut. 16:18; 17:8; 21:19; 25:6, 7, etc.). At the gates prophets also frequently delivered their messages (Prov. 1:21; 8:3; Isa. 29:21; Jer. 17:19, 20; 26:10). Criminals were punished without the gates (1 Kings 21:13; Acts 7:59). By the "gates of righteousness" we are probably to understand those of the temple (Ps. 118:19). "The gates of hell" (R.V., "gates of Hades") Matt. 16:18, are generally interpreted as meaning the power of Satan, but probably they may mean the power of death, denoting that the Church of Christ shall never die.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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