A gate is a moveable barrier that closes or opens a gap in a wall or fence. A garden gate might swing on rusty hinges, when closed helping to keep deer away from your vegetables.

A pasture gate keeps cattle or horses safe inside a fence, and if you visit someone who lives in a gated community, you'll have to be buzzed in before the gate opens to allow you inside. You'll also find gates at the airport — they're the areas with doors leading out to the airplane. The Old English source of gate is geat, "gate, door, opening, or passage."

Definitions of gate
  1. noun
    a movable barrier in a fence or wall
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    Dipylon gate
    a gateway to the west of ancient Athens near which a distinctive style of pottery has been found
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    head gate
    a gate upstream from a lock or canal that is used to control the flow of water at the upper end
    a gate that can be locked
    lichgate, lychgate
    a roofed gate to a churchyard, formerly used as a temporary shelter for the bier during funerals
    gate consisting of an iron or wooden grating that hangs in the entry to a castle or fortified town; can be lowered to prevent passage
    a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle
    tailboard, tailgate
    a gate at the rear of a vehicle; can be lowered for loading
    tail gate
    a gate downstream from a lock or canal that is used to control the flow of water at the lower end
    tollbar, tollgate
    a gate or bar across a toll bridge or toll road which is lifted when the toll is paid
    (from 16th to 19th centuries) gates set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
    a gate consisting of a post that acts as a pivot for rotating arms; set in a passageway for controlling the persons entering
    wicket, wicket door, wicket gate
    small gate or door (especially one that is part of a larger door)
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    movable barrier
    a barrier that can be moved to allow passage
  2. noun
    passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
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    arrival gate
    gate where passengers disembark
    departure gate
    gate where passengers embark
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    a passage between rooms or between buildings
  3. verb
    supply with a gate
    “The house was gated
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  4. verb
    control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
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    control, operate
    handle and cause to function
  5. verb
    restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
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    bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
    place limits on (extent or access)
  6. noun
    total admission receipts at a sports event
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    gross, receipts, revenue
    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
  7. noun
    a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs
    synonyms: logic gate
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    AND circuit, AND gate
    a circuit in a computer that fires only when all of its inputs fire
    NAND circuit, NAND gate
    a logic gate that produces an output that is the inverse of the output of an AND gate
    OR circuit, OR gate
    a gate circuit in a computer that fires when any of its inputs fire
    X-OR circuit, XOR circuit, XOR gate
    gate for exclusive OR; a circuit in a computer that fires only if only one of its inputs fire
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    computer circuit
    a circuit that is part of a computer
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