- 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.
- an obstacle in a slalom race, consisting of two upright poles anchored in the snow a certain distance apart.
- 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.
- Also called ingate.a channel or opening in a mold through which molten metal is poured into the mold cavity.
- the waste metal left in such a channel after hardening.
- a signal that makes an electronic circuit operative or inoperative either for a certain time interval or until another signal is received.
- Also called logic gate.a circuit with one output that is activated only by certain combinations of two or more inputs.
- (at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
- to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
- to select the parts of (a wave signal) that are within a certain range of amplitude or within certain time intervals.
- Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.
- get the gate, Slang. to be dismissed, sent away, or rejected.
- give (someone) the gate, Slang.
- to reject (a person), as one's fiancé, lover, or friend.
- to dismiss from one's employ: They gave him the gate because he was caught stealing.
Origin of gate1
- 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
- the number of people admitted to a sporting event or entertainment
- the total entrance money received from them
- (in a large airport) any of the numbered exits leading to the airfield or aircraftpassengers for Paris should proceed to gate 14
- horse racing short for starting gate
- 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
- 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
- to provide with a gate or gates
- British 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
- the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
- the metal that solidifies in such channels
- a way, road, street, or path
- a way or method of doing something
Word Origin and History for give someone the gate
"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.