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door

[dawr, dohr]
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noun
  1. a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
  2. a doorway: to go through the door.
  3. the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs: My friend lives two doors down the street.
  4. any means of approach, admittance, or access: the doors to learning.
  5. any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another: at heaven's door.
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Idioms
  1. lay at someone's door, to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.
  2. 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.
  3. lie at someone's door, to be the responsibility of; be imputable to: One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.
  4. show someone the door, to request or order someone to leave; dismiss: She resented his remark and showed him the door.
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Origin of door

before 900; Middle English dore, Old English duru door, dor gate; akin to German Tür, Old Norse dyrr, Greek thýra, Latin foris, Old Irish dorus, OCS dvĭrĭ
Related formsdoor·less, adjectivehalf-door, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for doors

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  • If criticism of this kind is prohibited the doors of the House might as well be shut.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Her father was already out of doors, but her mother was having breakfast in bed.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Do not open and shut the doors, and make a noise, as if there were four of you.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Let us run out of doors, and have some nice play with the other children.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Her room was on the Rue des Orfevres, only three doors away from the Huberts.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for doors

Doors

pl n
  1. the. US rock group (1965–73), originally comprising Jim Morrison (1943–71), Ray Manzarek (1935–2013), Robby Krieger (born 1946), and John Densmore (born 1945)See also Morrison
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door

noun
    1. a hinged or sliding panel for closing the entrance to a room, cupboard, etc
    2. (in combination)doorbell; doorknob
  1. a doorway or entrance to a room or building
  2. a means of access or escapea door to success
  3. early doors British informal esp sport at an early stage
  4. lay at someone's door to lay (the blame or responsibility) on someone
  5. out of doors in or into the open air
  6. show someone the door to order someone to leave
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See also next door

Word Origin

Old English duru; related to Old Frisian dure, Old Norse dyrr, Old High German turi, Latin forēs, Greek thura
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Word Origin and History for doors

door

n.

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]
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with doors

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.

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