• Door


    • RP enPR: dô(r), IPA: /dɔː(ɹ)/
    • US enPR: dôr, IPA: /dɔːɹ/, /doʊɹ/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
    • Homophones: daw in non-rhotic accents with (Southern England, Australia, New York)
    • Homophones: dough in non-rhotic accents with (AAVE, non-rhotic Southern accents)


    From Middle English dore, dor, from Old English duru ("door"), dor ("gate"), from Proto-Germanic *durz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰwer-, *dʰwor- ("doorway, door, gate"). Cognates include West Frisian doar, Dutch deur, German Tür ("door"), Tor ("gate"), Danish dør, Icelandic dyr, Latin foris, Modern Greek θύρα, Albanian derë pl. dyer, Kurdish derge, derî, Persian در, Russian дверь, Hindustani द्वार
    دوار, Armenian դուռ, Irish doras, Lithuanian durys.

    Full definition of door



    (plural doors)
    1. A portal of entry into a building, room or vehicle, consisting of a rigid plane movable on a hinge. Doors are frequently made of wood or metal. May have a handle to help open and close, a latch to hold the door closed, and a lock that ensures the door cannot be opened without the key.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 5, Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, ..., down the nave to the western door. ... At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
      • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess Chapter 20, ‘No. I only opened the door a foot and put my head in. The street lamps shine into that room. I could see him. He was all right. Sleeping like a great grampus. Poor, poor chap.’
    2. I knocked on the vice president's door
    3. Any flap, etc. that opens like a door.
      the 24 doors in an Advent calendar
    4. A non-physical entry into the next world, a particular feeling, a company, etc.
      Keep a door on your anger.
    5. (computing, dated) A software mechanism by which a user can interact with a program running remotely on a bulletin board system. See BBS door.


    1. (transitive, cycling) To cause a collision by opening the door of a vehicle in front of an oncoming cyclist or pedestrian.


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