(Gate) n. [OE. &yoghet, &yogheat, giat, gate, door, AS. geat, gat, gate, door; akin to OS., D., &
Icel. gat opening, hole, and perh. to E. gate a way, gait, and get, v. Cf. Gate a way, 3d Get.]
1. A large door or passageway in the wall of a city, of an inclosed field or place, or of a grand edifice,
etc.; also, the movable structure of timber, metal, etc., by which the passage can be closed.
2. An opening for passage in any inclosing wall, fence, or barrier; or the suspended framework which
closes or opens a passage. Also, figuratively, a means or way of entrance or of exit.
Knowest thou the way to Dover?Shak.
Both stile and gate, horse way and footpath.
Opening a gate for a long war.Knolles.
3. A door, valve, or other device, for stopping the passage of water through a dam, lock, pipe, etc.
4. (Script.) The places which command the entrances or access; hence, place of vantage; power; might.
The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Matt. xvi. 18.
5. In a lock tumbler, the opening for the stump of the bolt to pass through or into.
6. (Founding) (a) The channel or opening through which metal is poured into the mold; the ingate. (b)
The waste piece of metal cast in the opening; a sprue or sullage piece. [Written also geat and git.]
Gate chamber, a recess in the side wall of a canal lock, which receives the opened gate. Gate
channel. See Gate, 5. Gate hook, the hook-formed piece of a gate hinge. Gate money,
entrance money for admission to an inclosure. Gate tender, one in charge of a gate, as at a railroad
crossing. Gate valva, a stop valve for a pipe, having a sliding gate which affords a straight passageway
when open. Gate vein (Anat.), the portal vein. To break gates (Eng. Univ.), to enter a college
inclosure after the hour to which a student has been restricted. To stand in the gate, or gates, to
occupy places or advantage, power, or defense.
(Gate), v. t.
1. To supply with a gate.
2. (Eng. Univ.) To punish by requiring to be within the gates at an earlier hour than usual.
(Gate), n. [Icel. gata; akin to SW. gata street, lane, Dan. gade, Goth. gatwö, G. gasse. Cf.
Gate a door, Gait.]
1. A way; a path; a road; a street [O. Eng. & Scot.]
I was going to be an honest man; but the devil has this very day flung first a lawyer, and then a woman,
in my gate.Sir W. Scott.
2. Manner; gait. [O. Eng. & Scot.]
(Gat"ed) a. Having gates. Young.
(Gate"house`) n. A house connected or associated with a gate.
(Gate"less), a. Having no gate.
(Gate"man) n. A gate keeper; a gate tender.