gateway

[ geyt-wey ]
/ ˈgeɪtˌweɪ /

noun

an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
any passage by or point at which a region may be entered: New York soon became the gateway to America.
Digital Technology.
  1. software or hardware that connects two disparate computer networks, as to enable the passage of information between a home or business network and the Internet.
  2. software that facilitates digital communication of text messages over cellular telephone networks.

Origin of gateway

First recorded in 1700–10; gate1 + way1
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gateway
/ (ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ) /

noun

an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
a means of entry or accessMumbai, gateway to India
(modifier) allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme formgateway drug; gateway drink
computing hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks
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