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A gate or gateway is a point of entry to or from a space enclosed by walls. The word derived from old Norse "gat"[1] meaning road or path; But other terms includ yett and port. The concept originally referred to the gap or hole in the wall or fence, rather than a barrier which closed it. Gates may prevent or control the entry or exit of individuals, or they may be merely decorative. The moving part or parts of a gateway may be considered "doors", as they are fixed at one side whilst opening and closing like one.[2]

A gate may have a latch that can be raised and lowered to both open a gate or prevent it from swinging.[3] Locks are also used on gates to increase the security. Larger gates can be used for a whole building, such as a castle or fortified town. Actual doors can also be considered gates when they are used to block entry as prevalent within a gatehouse. Today, many gate doors are opened by an automated gate operator.


There are many different types of gates.

Swing Gates[edit]

A swing gate is either a single gate or a double gate, also called a bi-parting swing gate, which open up in a swinging manner typically inward unless the property slopes downward.[4]


Sliding Gates[edit]

If you don't have enough space behind or in front of the gate for a swing gate, a sliding gate is another option. Sliding gates can also both be a single gate or double date, but the difference is the gate will slide to one side of the gate taking up less space.[4]

Tandem Gates[edit]

Similar to a sliding gate, a tandem gate also slides but is made up of two pieces that fold into each other and slide into place.

Cantilever Gates[edit]

Cantilever gates slide but the key difference is that the gate is hung from a mounting post and is suspended in air; no part of the gate comes in contact with the ground with any type of wheel, which is where the name cantilever comes from.[5]

Purpose-specific types of gate[edit]

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  1. ^ "gate | Origin and meaning of gate by Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  2. ^ "GATE | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary". Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  3. ^ "Hardware 101: Gate Latches". Gardenista. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  4. ^ a b "Selecting Your Driveway Gate - Swing or Slide?". Gate Depot. 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  5. ^ "Cantilever Slide Gate System Overview". Hoover Fence. 2020-10-23. Retrieved 2020-10-23.

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