Gates

[ geyts ]
/ geɪts /

noun

Horatio,1728–1806, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
WilliamBill, born 1956, U.S. entrepreneur.

Definition for gates (2 of 3)

gate

1
[ geyt ]
/ geɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), gat·ed, gat·ing.

(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
Electronics.
  1. to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
  2. 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.

Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.

Origin of gate

1
before 900; Middle English gat, gate, Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2
Can be confusedgait gate

Definition for gates (3 of 3)

gate

2
[ geyt ]
/ geɪt /

noun

Archaic. a path; way.
North England and Scot.. habitual manner or way of acting.

Origin of gate

2
1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse gata path; perhaps akin to Old English geat gate1; cf. gat3
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British Dictionary definitions for gates (1 of 4)

Gates

/ (ɡeɪts) /

noun

Bill, full name William Henry Gates. born 1955, US computer-software executive and philanthropist; founder (1976) of Microsoft Corporation
Henry Louis. born 1950, US scholar and critic, who pioneered African-American studies in such works as Figures in Black (1987)
Horatio. ?1728–1806, American Revolutionary general: defeated the British at Saratoga (1777)

British Dictionary definitions for gates (2 of 4)

gate

1
/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsgateless, adjectivegatelike, adjective

Word Origin for gate

Old English geat; related to Old Frisian jet opening, Old Norse gat opening, passage

British Dictionary definitions for gates (3 of 4)

gate

2
/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun dialect

the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
the metal that solidifies in such channels

Word Origin for gate

C17: probably related to Old English gyte a pouring out, geotan to pour

British Dictionary definitions for gates (4 of 4)

gate

3
/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a way, road, street, or path
a way or method of doing something

Word Origin for gate

C13: from Old Norse gata path; related to Old High German gazza road, street
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Idioms and Phrases with gates

gate


see crash the gate; give someone the air (gate).

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