door


door
door, gate, portal, postern, doorway, gateway are comparable chiefly as meaning an entrance to a place.
Door applies chiefly to the movable and usually swinging barrier which is set in the opening which serves as an entrance to a building or to a room or apartment in a building
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an oak door

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the front door of a house

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Sometimes door is used also of the opening
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children came running through the door

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Gate may apply to an opening in a wall, fence, or enclosure but it more commonly denotes a movable and often swinging barrier (especially one made of a grating or open frame or a heavy or rough structure) set in such an opening and closed or opened at will
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the north gate to the campus

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opening the garden gate

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Portal applies usually to an elaborate and stately door or gate, with its surrounding framework
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the portal to the temple

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the knights were admitted through the portal to the palace

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Postern denotes a private or retired door or gate (as at the back of a castle or fortress).
Door-way and gateway apply not to the structure but to the passage when a door (in a doorway) or a gate (in a gateway) is opened for ingress or egress
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stand in the doorway awaiting the postman

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automobiles passed through the gateway in constant succession

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In their extended use these words are still more sharply distinguished.
Door usually applies to what provides op-portunity to enter or withdraw or makes possible an entrance or exit
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the love of books, the golden key that opens the enchanted doorLang

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I know death hath ten thousand several doors for men to take their exit— John Webster

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Gate differs from door chiefly in its connotations of facility in admission or of entrance into something large, impressive, wide, or even infinite
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what sweet contentments doth the soul enjoy by the senses! They are the gates and windows of its knowledge— William Drummond

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to wade through slaughter to a throne and shut the gates of mercy on mankind— Gray

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Portal often carries similar connotations, but it usually applies to a definite place or thing which is itself splendid or magnificent and through which something (as the sun at rising and at setting) is admitted or allowed exit
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Heaven, that opened wide her blazing portalsMilton

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since your name will grow with time . . . have I made the name a golden portal to my rhyme— Tennyson

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Postern, on the other hand, implies an inconspicuous or even a hidden means of entrance or escape
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it finds a readier way to our sympathy through a postern which we cannot help leaving sometimes on the latch, than through the ceremonious portal of classical prescription— J. R. Lowell

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Gateway is usually preferred to doorway in figurative use because it more strongly suggests a passage through which entrance is gained to something desirable or difficult
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the city was once more the gateway to half a continent— Harold Sinclair

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the senses were regarded as gateways or avenues of knowledge— Dewey

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Analogous words: *entrance, entry, entrée, ingress, access

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  • door — W1S1 [do: US do:r] n [: Old English; Origin: duru door and dor gate ] 1.) the large flat piece of wood, glass etc that you open and close when you go into or out of a building, room, vehicle etc, or when you open a cupboard →↑gate open/close/shut …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • door — [ dɔr ] noun count *** 1. ) a large flat object you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle: a little house with a red door The door creaked slowly open. There was a draft coming from under the door. open/close/shut the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Door — Door, n. [OE. dore, dure, AS. duru; akin to OS. dura, dor, D. deur, OHG. turi, door, tor gate, G. th[ u]r, thor, Icel. dyrr, Dan. d[ o]r, Sw. d[ o]rr, Goth. daur, Lith. durys, Russ. dvere, Olr. dorus, L. fores, Gr. ?; cf. Skr. dur, dv[=a]ra.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • door — door; door·brand; door·less; door·man; door·stead; door·ward; in·door; maz·door; out·door; tan·door; door·wards; ten·door; …   English syllables

  • door — [dôr] n. [ME dure, dor < OE duru fem. (orig., pair of doors), dor neut., akin to Ger tür, door, tor, gate < IE base * dhwer , *dhwor , door > L fores (pl. of foris), two leaved door, Gr thyra, door (in pl., double door)] 1. a movable… …   English World dictionary

  • door — M.E. merger of O.E. dor (neut.; pl. doru) large door, gate, and O.E. duru (fem., pl. dura) door, gate, wicket, both from P.Gmc. *dur (Cf. O.S. duru, O.N. dyrr, Dan. dèr, O.Fris. dure, O.H.G. turi, Ger. Tür), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Door — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anton Door (1833–1919), Wiener Konzertpianist Daisy Door (* 1943; eigentlich Evelyn van Ophuisen), deutsche Schlagersängerin Door bezeichnet weiterhin: Door County, einen County im US Bundesstaat Wisconsin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • door — ► NOUN 1) a movable barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard. 2) the distance from one building in a row to another: he lived two doors away. ● lay at someone s door Cf. ↑lay at someone s door ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Door — (spr. Dohr), Grafschaft im Staate Wisconsin von Nordamerika, 19 QM., eine Halbinsel zwischen dem Michigan See u. der Green Bai bildend; erst 1850 von der Grafschaft Brown getrennt; Hauptort: Gibraltar …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Door — Door, Anton, Pianist, geb. 20. Juni 1833 in Wien, Schüler von Czerny und S. Sechter, konzertierte bereits 1850 erfolgreich in Baden Baden und Wiesbaden, dann mit Ludwig Straus in Italien, bereiste 1856–57 Skandinavien und wurde in Stockholm zum… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon


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