This article is about the point of entry or exit. For other uses, see Gate (disambiguation).
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.
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Types of gates include:
Mon (architecture), Japanese gates of many varieties including the Torii,
This gate does not prevent entry but clearly suggests a borderline
A small but elegant gate to a meadow path
Ishtar Gate is the oldest city gate in existence
Wringin Lawang, a 14th-century Majapahit split gate in Trowulan
Richly decorated Balinese temple gate
This gate at Columbia University was closed to prevent entry of protesters
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
Royal Military College of Canada front gates and gatehouse
Ernst Rudolph By the Entrance
Decorative emblems of state are also fixed on gates to public buildings, old Royal Melbourne Mint