- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Idioms about gate
- 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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH gategait, gate
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WORDS THAT USE -GATE
What does -gate mean?
The form –gate comes from a shortened form of Watergate, a reference to the White House political scandal that came to light during the 1972 presidential campaign. The scandal centered on a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment-office complex in Washington, D.C., and, after congressional hearings, culminated in the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.
Examples of -gate
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –gate is Deflategate, a term given to the allegation that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflation of footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
The deflate– part of the word means “to release the air or gas from.” As we have already seen, –gate is a combining form meaning “scandal.” Deflategate literally means “deflation scandal.”
What are some words that use the combining form –gate?
What are some other forms that –gate may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –gate, such as corrugate or subjugate, is necessarily using the combining form –gate to denote “scandal.” Learn why subjugate means “to bring under control” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of –gate, what does Taxigate likely refer to?
How to use gate in a sentence
The Florida GOP senator stormed out of the gate Wednesday in the highest of dudgeons.
Said it was like speed dating because he was late after hitting every wrong gate on the lot.Exclusive: Sony Emails Slam Leonardo DiCaprio, Willow and Jaden Smith, Gush Over Ryan Gosling|William Boot|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They dumped his body at the gate of a black cemetery—his head and right arm were gone.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs|Allen Barra|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We shoot at Sunset Gower Studios, and you can see the street through the gate,” he says.Jeff Daniels Defends Aaron Sorkin and the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Toilet Scene|Kevin Fallon|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In earlier centuries academies existed to decide what was art, while today we have gallerists and critics at the gate.
Yet he feared to meet her eyes, and was glad of a saluting sepoy who swaggered jauntily past the open gate.
At once the sepoys at the Kashmir Gate fired a volley at the nearest officers, of whom three fell dead.
First through the gate came a company of Korean foot-soldiers, in blue uniforms.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Bride and bridegroom, accompanied by the weeping crowd, proceeded to the castle gate.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
A rough track led to the gate, and Frank knocked loudly on an iron-studded door.
British Dictionary definitions for gate (1 of 4)
- the number of people admitted to a sporting event or entertainment
- the total entrance money received from them
- 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
Derived forms of gategateless, adjectivegatelike, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with gate
see crash the gate; give someone the air (gate).