Gateway



[geyt-wey] /ˈgeɪtˌweɪ/

noun
1.
an entrance or passage that may be closed by a .
2.
a structure for enclosing such an opening or entrance.
3.
any passage by or point at which a region may be entered:
New York soon became the gateway to America.
4.
Digital Technology.

/ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an entrance that may be closed by or as by a gate
2.
a means of entry or access: Mumbai, gateway to India
3.
(modifier) allowing entry, access, or progress to a more extreme form: gateway drug, gateway drink
4.
(computing) hardware and software that connect incompatible computer networks, allowing information to be passed from one to another
5.
a software utility that enables text messages to be sent and received over digital cellular telephone networks
noun

See residential gateway
n.

1707, from gate + way. Figurative use from 1842.

1. A deprecated term for a device that enables data to flow between different networks (forming an internet).
Preferred terms are “protocol converter” (connects networks that use different protocols), “router” (connects two broadcast networks at layer 3 (network layer). Another example is a mail gateway, which is a layer 7 (application layer) gateway.
2. An interface between an information source and a World-Wide Web server. Common Gateway Interface is a standard for such interfaces. The information source can be any system that can be accessed by a program running on the web server. A typical example is a relational database.
(2000-05-24)

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