gateway

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
gate•way /ˈgeɪtˌweɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
  2. a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
  3. something that serves as a means of entry or access:A good education can be a gateway to success.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
gate•way  (gātwā′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an entrance or passage that may be closed by a gate.
  2. a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
  3. any passage by or point at which a region may be entered:New York soon became the gateway to America.
  4. Computingsoftware or hardware that links two computer networks.
  • gate1 + way 1700–10

gateway, +n. 
  1. Computingsoftware or hardware that links two computer networks.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

gateway /ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ/ n
  1. an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
  2. a means of entry or access: Mumbai, gateway to India
  3. (modifier) allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme form: gateway drug, gateway drink
  4. hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
  5. a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks



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