Door. n.s. [dor, dure, Saxon; dorris, Erse.]
- The gate of a house; that which opens to yield entrance. Door is used of houses and gates of cities, or publick buildings, except in the licence of poetry.
All the castle quaked from the ground,
And every door of free-will open flew. Fairy Queen, b. i.
In the side a door
Contriv'd; and of provisions laid in large,
For man and beast. Milton's Paradise Lost, b. xi.
To the same end men sev'ral paths may tread,
As many doors into one temple lead. Denham.
For without rules there can be no art, any more than there can be a house without a door to conduct you in. Dryd. Dufres.
- In familiar language, a house.
Lay one piece of flesh or fish in the open air, and another of the same kind and bigness within doors. Bacon's Nat. Hist.
Let him doubt whether his cloaths be warm, and so go naked; whether his house be firm, and live without doors. Decay of Piety.
Martin's office is now the second door in the street, where he will see Parnel. Arbuth.
Lambs, though they are bred within doors, and never saw the actions of their own species, push at those who approach them with their foreheads. Addison's Spectator, № 121.
The sultan entered again the peasant's house, and turned the owner out of doors. Addison's Guardian, № 99.
- Entrance; portal.
The tender blades of grass appear,
And buds, that yet the blast of Eurus fear,
Stand at the door of life, and doubt to clothe the year.
- Passage; avenue; means of approach.
The indispensable necessity of sincere obedience, shuts the door against all temptations to carnal security. Hammond.
- Out of Door, or Doors. No more to be found; quite gone; fairly sent away.
Should he, who was thy lord, command thee now,
With a harsh voice and supercilious brow,
To servile duties, thou would'st fear no more;
The gallows and the whip are out of door. Dryden's Pers.
His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors, and Cain is no prince over his brother. Locke.
- At the Door of any one. Imputable; chargeable upon him.
In any of which parts, if I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door. Dryden's Dufresnoy, Preface.
- Next Door to. Approaching to; near to; bordering upon.
A seditious word leads to a broil, and a riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult. L'Estrange.