Origin of door
Examples from the Web for door
A guard is manning the door, which is always kept ajar so she can be monitored.
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|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This courageous act earned him a late-night knock on the door with orders for Serna to vamos from Cuba.
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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|James Joiner|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The door was still open, and Kit was still fussing about his desk.Deering of Deal|Latta Griswold
The door below it was also open, and with the idea that I would surely find some one there, I walked on up the hall.In the Fog|Richard Harding Davis
The servant followed with the two cases and the bag, and laid them upon the table, then placed himself at the door.Frederick The Great and His Family|L. Muhlbach
Was there a third accomplice—for she thought she could see two spots of deeper blackness by the door—hidden in the house?The Green Satin Gown|Laura E. Richards
We ascended a very darksome flight of stairs, and a door was opened by a strange little man.Hawthorne and His Circle|Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for door
- a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc
- (in combination)doorbell; doorknob
Word Origin for door
Word Origin and History 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]
Idioms and Phrases with door
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.