- 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.
verb (used with object), gat·ed, gat·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), gat·ed, gat·ing.
- 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
Origin of gate2
Related Words for gatebar, fence, exit, door, port, doorway, conduit, opening, lock, passage, access, egress, portal, way, issue, gateway, slammer, weir, portcullis, turnstile
Examples from the Web for gate
Contemporary Examples of gate
The Florida GOP senator stormed out of the gate Wednesday in the highest of dudgeons.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
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
November 17, 2014
“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
November 7, 2014
In earlier centuries academies existed to decide what was art, while today we have gallerists and critics at the gate.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
To his astonishment, the driver found the gate open; guards already had abounded the border post.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
Historical Examples of gate
They arrived at the gate without question or hindrance; but found it fastened.
Over the gate was written in large letters, 'The Entrance of Mortals.'
Only Ambrose was, at parting for the night, obliged to ask him for the key of the gate.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
And the clipped privet bush by the trellis and the may tree by the gate.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Next day he called at the gate, on horseback, to inquire for mistress.To be Read at Dusk
- 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
Word Origin for gate
Word Origin for gate
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
Word Origin for gate
n combining form
Word Origin for -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.
suffix attached to any word to indicate "scandal involving," 1973, abstracted from Watergate, the Washington, D.C., building complex, home of the National Headquarters of the Democratic Party when it was burglarized June 17, 1972, by operatives later found to be working for the staff and re-election campaign of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
see crash the gate; give someone the air (gate).