A gate or gateway is a point of entry to a space which is enclosed by walls. 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. The moving part or parts of a gateway may be called "doors", but used for the whole point of entry door usually refers to the entry to a building, or an internal opening between different rooms.
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.
Purpose-specific types of gate include:
- Lychgate with a roof
- Baby gate a toddler/baby safety gate
- Hampshire, wire or New Zealand gate (note: has many names)
- Mon Japanese: gate. The religious torii compares to the Chinese pailou (paifang), Indian torana and Korean hongsalmun. Mon are widespread, in Japanese gardens.
- Slip gate on footpaths
- Kissing gate on footpaths
- City gate of a walled city
- Portcullis of a castle
- Watergate of a castle by navigable water
This gate and massive gateposts has no locks - a gate marks a borderline in ownership/use and can allow passage.
Richly decorated Balinese temple gate
This gate at Columbia University was closed to prevent entry of protesters
This gate at Kansai University, built in 1923
Malaysian King's Palace Gate, Kuala Lampur
Medieval ironclad city gate, from the Upper Gate in the old town of Ohrid
Chinese traditional type gate (iron gate in front of house) in Kerala, India
Gates decorate routes in the entrance of Muscat, Oman
Kuwait Gate, historically surrounded Kuwait City, built in 1929
Gate of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhavnagar, India
St Louis Gateway Arch
Warsaw University main gate, Poland
Gate of Farm Gunsteling in Namibia (2017)
- Bab (Gateway)
- Gate tower
- Leave the gate as you found it
- Threshold (disambiguation)
- Triumphal arch
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