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Door definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DOOR, n. [G., Gr.]
1. An opening or passage into a house, or other building, or into any room, apartment or closet, by which persons enter. Such a passage is seldom or never called a gate.
2. The frame of boards, or any piece of board or plank that shuts the opening of a house or closes the entrance into an apartment or any inclosure, and usually turning on hinges.
3. In familiar language, a house; often in the plural, doors. My house is the first door from the corner. We have also the phrases, within doors, in the house; without doors, out of the house, abroad.
4. Entrance; as the door of life.
5. Avenue; passage; means of approach or access. An unforgiving temper shuts the door against reconciliation, or the door of reconciliation.
I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. John 10.
A door was opened to me of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 2.
To lie at the door, in a figurative sense, is to be imputable or chargeable to one. If the thing is wrong, the fault lies at my door.
Next door to, near to; bordering on.
A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult.
Out of door or doors, quite gone; no more to be found. [Not now used.]
In doors, within the house; at home.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle; "he knocked on the door"; "he slammed the door as he left"
2: the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close; "he stuck his head in the doorway" [syn: doorway, door, room access, threshold]
3: anything providing a means of access (or escape); "we closed the door to Haitian immigrants"; "education is the door to success"
4: a structure where people live or work (usually ordered along a street or road); "the office next door"; "they live two doors up the street from us"
5: a room that is entered via a door; "his office is the third door down the hall on the left"

Merriam Webster's

noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English dure, dor, from Old English duru door & dor gate; akin to Old High German turi door, Latin fores, Greek thyra Date: before 12th century 1. a usually swinging or sliding barrier by which an entry is closed and opened; also a similar part of a piece of furniture 2. doorway 3. a means of access or participation ; opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success> • doorless adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a a hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier for closing and opening an entrance to a building, room, cupboard, etc. b this as representing a house etc. (lives two doors away). 2 a an entrance or exit; a doorway. b a means of access or approach. Phrases and idioms: close the door to exclude the opportunity for. door-case (or -frame) the structure into which a door is fitted. door-head the upper part of a door-case. door-keeper = DOORMAN. door-plate a plate on the door of a house or room bearing the name of the occupant. door-to-door (of selling etc.) done at each house in turn. lay (or lie) at the door of impute (or be imputable) to. leave the door open ensure that an option remains available. next door in or to the next house or room. next door to 1 in the next house to. 2 nearly, almost, near to. open the door to create an opportunity for. out of doors in or into the open air. Derivatives: doored adj. (also in comb.). Etymology: OE duru, dor f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. ????. Cf. Foreign.] 1. An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by which to go in and out; an entrance way. To the same end, men several paths may tread, As many doors into one temple lead. --Denham. 2. The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house or apartment is closed and opened. At last he came unto an iron door That fast was locked. --Spenser. 3. Passage; means of approach or access. I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. --John x. 9. 4. An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or apartment to which it leads. Martin's office is now the second door in the street. --Arbuthnot. Blank door, Blind door, etc. (Arch.) See under Blank, Blind, etc. In doors, or Within doors, within the house. Next door to, near to; bordering on. A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult. --L'Estrange. Out of doors, or Without doors, and, colloquially, Out doors, out of the house; in open air; abroad; away; lost. His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors. --Locke. To lay (a fault, misfortune, etc.) at one's door, to charge one with a fault; to blame for. To lie at one's door, to be imputable or chargeable to. If I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door. --Dryden. Note: Door is used in an adjectival construction or as the first part of a compound (with or without the hyphen), as, door frame, doorbell or door bell, door knob or doorknob, door latch or doorlatch, door jamb, door handle, door mat, door panel.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(doors) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. A door is a piece of wood, glass, or metal, which is moved to open and close the entrance to a building, room, cupboard, or vehicle. I knocked at the front door, but there was no answer... The policeman opened the door and looked in... N-COUNT 2. A door is the space in a wall when a door is open. She looked through the door of the kitchen. Her daughter was at the stove. = doorway N-COUNT 3. Doors is used in expressions such as a few doors down or three doors up to refer to a place that is a particular number of buildings away from where you are. (INFORMAL) Mrs Cade's house was only a few doors down from her daughter's apartment. N-PLURAL: amount N down/up 4. see also next door 5. When you answer the door, you go and open the door because a visitor has knocked on it or rung the bell. Carol answered the door as soon as I knocked. PHRASE: V inflects 6. If you say that someone gets or does something by the back door or through the back door, you are criticizing them for doing it secretly and unofficially. The government would not allow anyone to sneak in by the back door and seize power by force... PHRASE: PHR after v [disapproval] 7. If someone closes the door on something, they stop thinking about it or dealing with it. We never close the door on a successful series. PHRASE: V inflects: PHR n 8. If people have talks and discussions behind closed doors, they have them in private because they want them to be kept secret. ...decisions taken in secret behind closed doors. PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n 9. If someone goes from door to door or goes door to door, they go along a street calling at each house in turn, for example selling something. They are going from door to door collecting money from civilians. PHRASE: PHR after v, PHR n 10. If you talk about a distance or journey from door to door or door to door, you are talking about the distance from the place where the journey starts to the place where it finishes. ...tickets covering the whole journey from door to door... PHRASE 11. If you say that something helps someone to get their foot in the door or their toe in the door, you mean that it gives them an opportunity to start doing something new, usually in an area that is difficult to succeed in. The bondholding may help the firm get its foot in the door to win the business... PHRASE: N inflects, PHR after v 12. If someone shuts the door in your face or slams the door in your face, they refuse to talk to you or give you any information. Did you say anything to him or just shut the door in his face? PHRASE: V inflects 13. If you lay something at someone's door, you blame them for an unpleasant event or situation. The blame is generally laid at the door of the government. PHRASE: V inflects 14. If someone or something opens the door to a good new idea or situation, they introduce it or make it possible. This book opens the door to some of the most exciting findings in solid-state physics... PHRASE: V and N inflect, oft PHR to n 15. When you are out of doors, you are not inside a building, but in the open air. The weather was fine enough for working out of doors. = outdoors PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR 16. If you see someone to the door, you go to the door with a visitor when they leave. PHRASE: V inflects 17. If someone shows you the door, they ask you to leave because they are angry with you. Would they forgive and forget–or show him the door? PHRASE: V inflects 18. at death's door: see death

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

dor: Most commonly the rendering of Hebrew pethach, "doorway," deleth, "door" proper (the two distinguished in Ge 19:6), or of Greek thura, which represents both meanings. The door proper was usually of wood, frequently sheeted with metal, sometimes of one slab of stone, as shown in excavations in the Hauran. It turned on pivots (the "hinges" of Pr 26:14) working in sockets above and below, and was provided with a bolt (2Sa 13:17) or with lock and key (Jud 3:23). The doorway was enclosed by the stone threshold (1Ki 14:17), the two doorposts on either side, and the lintel above (Ex 12:7). Doors were frequently two-leaved, and folding ones are mentioned in connection with the temple (1Ki 6:34). Where "door" is used in connectio with city gates (Ne 3:1 ff) it refers to the door proper which swings on its hinges as distinguished from the whole structure. The custom of fastening to the doorposts small cases containing a parchment inscribed with the words of De 6:4-9; 11:13-21 had its origin in the command there given. See also GATE; HOUSE.


(1) Christ is "the door" into the gospel ministry (Joh 10:1,2,7); ministers must receive their authority from Him, and exercise it in His spirit.

(2) `Through faith in Him also both shepherds and sheep enter into the kingdom of God (Joh 10:9), and find all their spiritual needs supplied.'

(3) The figure in Re 3:20 is expressive of Christ's patient, persistent and affectionate appeal to men.

(4) Elsewhere also of opportunity (Mt 25:10; Ac 14:27; 1Co 16:9; 2Co 2:12; Re 3:8).

(5) Of freedom and power (Col 4:3). See also ACHOR; SHEPHERD.

Benjamin Reno Downer

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Entrance. 2. Passage, avenue, way, means, means of access, means of approach. 3. [Familiarly.] House, home.

Moby Thesaurus

French door, access, adit, admission, admittance, archway, avenue, back door, barway, blowhole, bulkhead, carriage entrance, cellar door, cellarway, channel, chute, debouch, doorjamb, doorpost, doorway, egress, emunctory, entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway, escape, estuary, exhaust, exit, floodgate, flume, front door, gate, gatepost, gateway, hatch, hatchway, ingress, lintel, loophole, opening, out, outcome, outfall, outgate, outgo, outlet, porch, pore, port, portal, porte cochere, postern, propylaeum, pylon, sally port, scuttle, side door, sluice, spiracle, spout, stile, storm door, tap, threshold, tollgate, trap, trap door, turnpike, turnstile, vent, ventage, venthole, vomitory, way, way out, weir


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