door [ dɔr ] noun count ***
1. ) a large flat object you open when you want to enter or leave a building, room, or vehicle:
a little house with a red door
The door creaked slowly open.
There was a draft coming from under the door.
open/close/shut the door: The police officer told him to open the car door.
Shut the door it's cold in here!
knock on the door (=so that someone knows you are there): I knocked on the door and a voice answered Come in.
be at the door (=be outside the door to someone's house): There's someone at the door.
answer/get the door (=go to your door to see who is there): Go and answer the door, will you?
bang/slam the door (=close it noisily): He ran out, slamming the door behind him.
door to/into: The door to the kitchen was open.
back/front/side etc. door: Be sure to lock the back door when you leave.
bedroom/shed/car etc. door: The bathroom door was shut.
a ) the space created when you open a door: DOORWAY:
A strange figure suddenly came through the door.
come in the door: I'd just come in the door when the phone rang.
out the door: Anne got out the door as quickly as she could when she saw him there.
2. ) an opportunity to do something or a possibility that something will happen:
door to: For these young men, a sports career can be a door to fame and fortune.
open doors (for someone) (=create opportunities): This new job has really opened a lot of doors for her.
open the door to something (=make it possible): This decision could open the door to higher costs.
close/shut the door on something (=make it impossible): The government is reluctant to shut the door on these proposals.
a ) as/when one door closes, another one opens used for saying that even though you have lost an opportunity to do one thing, an opportunity to do something else has appeared
close/shut the barn/stable door after the horse is gone
used for saying that something has been done too late because the problem it should have prevented has already happened
(from) door to door
1. ) used for talking about the total length of a trip from the place where you start to the place where you arrive:
The flight itself is only two hours, but it takes about five hours door to door.
2. ) going to all the houses in an area, for example trying to sell things or asking for information or votes
get your foot/toe in the door
to get an opportunity to start working in an organization or business, especially when this will give you more opportunities in the future
on the door
at the entrance to a place, selling tickets, or welcoming or checking the people who want to come in
open its/the doors
if a building, organization, or country opens its doors, it allows people to enter, especially for the first time:
open its/the doors to: The country has slowly opened its doors to new immigrants.
out of doors
He spends a lot of time out of doors.
show someone the door INFORMAL
to tell someone to leave, especially in a rude or angry way
shut/slam the door in someone's face
1. ) to close a door violently when someone is about to come into a room
2. ) to rudely tell or show someone that you are not interested in listening to their opinion or in helping them
to your door
if a company delivers things to your door, it delivers them directly to your house:
Simply order from our Web site and we'll deliver the goods to your door within 24 hours.
two/a few, etc. doors down/up/along
used for saying how many rooms or houses you need to count before you come to the room or house you are talking about:
His office is three doors down from mine.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • door — W1S1 [do: US do:r] n [: Old English; Origin: duru door and dor gate ] 1.) the large flat piece of wood, glass etc that you open and close when you go into or out of a building, room, vehicle etc, or when you open a cupboard →↑gate open/close/shut …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • door — door, gate, portal, postern, doorway, gateway are comparable chiefly as meaning an entrance to a place. Door applies chiefly to the movable and usually swinging barrier which is set in the opening which serves as an entrance to a building or to a …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • door — door; door·brand; door·less; door·man; door·stead; door·ward; in·door; maz·door; out·door; tan·door; door·wards; ten·door; …   English syllables

  • door — [dôr] n. [ME dure, dor < OE duru fem. (orig., pair of doors), dor neut., akin to Ger tür, door, tor, gate < IE base * dhwer , *dhwor , door > L fores (pl. of foris), two leaved door, Gr thyra, door (in pl., double door)] 1. a movable… …   English World dictionary

  • door — M.E. merger of O.E. dor (neut.; pl. doru) large door, gate, and O.E. duru (fem., pl. dura) door, gate, wicket, both from P.Gmc. *dur (Cf. O.S. duru, O.N. dyrr, Dan. dèr, O.Fris. dure, O.H.G. turi, Ger. Tür), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Door — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Anton Door (1833–1919), Wiener Konzertpianist Daisy Door (* 1943; eigentlich Evelyn van Ophuisen), deutsche Schlagersängerin Door bezeichnet weiterhin: Door County, einen County im US Bundesstaat Wisconsin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • door — ► NOUN 1) a movable barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard. 2) the distance from one building in a row to another: he lived two doors away. ● lay at someone s door Cf. ↑lay at someone s door ●… …   English terms dictionary

  • Door — (spr. Dohr), Grafschaft im Staate Wisconsin von Nordamerika, 19 QM., eine Halbinsel zwischen dem Michigan See u. der Green Bai bildend; erst 1850 von der Grafschaft Brown getrennt; Hauptort: Gibraltar …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Door — Door, Anton, Pianist, geb. 20. Juni 1833 in Wien, Schüler von Czerny und S. Sechter, konzertierte bereits 1850 erfolgreich in Baden Baden und Wiesbaden, dann mit Ludwig Straus in Italien, bereiste 1856–57 Skandinavien und wurde in Stockholm zum… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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