- 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
Related Words for doorgate, exit, postern, opening, entryway, hatchway, ingress, egress, portal, hatch, aperture, entry, gateway, slammer
Examples from the Web for door
Contemporary Examples of door
A guard is manning the door, which is always kept ajar so she can be monitored.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
This courageous act earned him a late-night knock on the door with orders for Serna to vamos from Cuba.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
In the back of my mind I was wondering how much time we had before there might be an ominous knock at the door.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
These are modern-day minstrels, trolling late-night highways to bring their art to your door.On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of door
Uncle Peter stood in a flood of light at the door of his room.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The door remaining locked, he drew back and kicked the door powerfully.
The door proved to be locked, but the windows were easily raised.
Ben had drawn off his boots, and was firing them one after the other at the door.
"Nothing, only you locked the door by mistake," said Ben, coolly.
- 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 for door
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]
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.