Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GATES

Ask the poor fisherman at the gates, who has been to him as a brother; and he will answer 'Anaxagoras.'

The lower classes of tradesmen were generally placed near the gates.

And while he slept the gates were closing and barring the way.

The gates stand open, and there are three thousand of them within the walls.

The gates were closed, and not a man was to be seen on the battlements.

Your efforts will not prevail; for our gates shall for ever deny you admittance.

"Sit here 'til the gates is open," he added, as he sat down.

He watched the light disappear from the little windows at the top of the gates!

And now his purgatory was at an end, and of a sudden the gates of joy were open.

Now the stones are fallen; its towers are broken; its gates are open.

WORD ORIGIN

"opening, entrance," Old English geat (plural geatu) "gate, door, opening, passage, hinged framework barrier," from Proto-Germanic *gatan (cf. Old Norse gat "opening, passage," Old Saxon gat "eye of a needle, hole," Old Frisian gat "hole, opening," Dutch gat "gap, hole, breach," German Gasse "street"), of unknown origin. Meaning "money collected from selling tickets" dates from 1896 (short for gate money, 1820). Gate-crasher is from 1927. Finnish katu, Lettish gatua "street" are Germanic loan-words.