Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a movable barrier in a fence or wall
  2. (noun, artifact) a computer circuit with several inputs but only one output that can be activated by particular combinations of inputs
  3. (noun, artifact) passageway (as in an air terminal) where passengers can embark or disembark
  4. (noun, possession) total admission receipts at a sports event
  5. (verb, change) restrict (school boys') movement to the dormitory or campus as a means of punishment
  6. (verb, contact) control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
  7. (verb, possession) supply with a gate

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Synonyms of Gate

logic gate

Origin of the word Gate

  1. O.E. g?t (pl. geatu) "opening, passage," from P.Gmc. *gatan (cf. O.N., O.S., O.Fris., Du. gat "an opening"), of unknown origin. Meaning "money collected from selling tickets" dates from 1896. Gate-crasher is from 1927. more

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