A gate or gateway is a point of entry to a space enclosed by walls, or a moderately sized opening in some sort of fence. Gates may prevent or control the entry or exit of individuals, or they may be merely decorative. Other terms for gate include yett and port. The word derives from the old Norse "gata", meaning road or path, and originally referred to the gap in the wall or fence, rather than the barrier which closed it.
A gate may have a latch to keep it from swinging and a lock for security. Larger gates can be used for a whole building, such as a castle or fortified town, or the actual doors that block entry through the gatehouse. Today, many gate doors are opened by an automated gate operator.
Famous quotes containing the word gate:
“The sucking milk from this our body sends through
jolts of light; the son, the father,
sharing mothers joy
That brings a softness to the flower of the awesome
open curling lotus gate I cup and kiss”
—Gary Snyder (b. 1930)
That have the office opposite to Saint Peter,
And keeps the gate of hell!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“Pale Death beats equally at the poor mans gate and at the palaces of kings.”
—Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (658 B.C.)