door: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dôr, dōr), [key]
— n.
  1. a movable, usually solid, barrier for opening and closing an entranceway, cupboard, cabinet, or the like, commonly turning on hinges or sliding in grooves.
  2. a doorway: to go through the door.
  3. the building, house, etc., to which a door belongs: My friend lives two doors down the street.
  4. any means of approach, admittance, or access: the doors to learning.
  5. any gateway marking an entrance or exit from one place or state to another: at heaven's door.
  6. to hold someone accountable for; blame; impute.
  7. to allow the possibility of accommodation or change; be open to reconsideration: The boss rejected our idea but left the door open for discussing it again next year.
  8. to be the responsibility of; be imputable to: One's mistakes often lie at one's own door.
  9. to request or order someone to leave; dismiss: She resented his remark and showed him the door.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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