A gate.




  • To keep something inside by means of a closed gate.
  • To punish, especially a child or teenager, by not allowing them to go out.
  • To open a closed ion channel.
  • To furnish with a gate.
  • To turn (an image intensifier) on and off selectively as needed, or to avoid damage. See autogating.


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  • From Middle English gate, gat, ȝate, ȝeat, from Old English gæt, gat, ġeat, from Proto-Germanic *gatą ("hole, opening") (compare Old Norse gat, Swedish and Dutch gat, Low German Gaat, Gööt).
  • Borrowed from Old Norse gata, from Proto-Germanic *gatwǭ. Cognate with Danish gade, Swedish gata, German Gasse ("lane"). gait.

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