Out of doors
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. [root]246. Cf. {Foreign}.] 1. An opening in the wall of a house or of an apartment, by which to go in and out; an entrance way. [1913 Webster]

To the same end, men several paths may tread, As many doors into one temple lead. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

2. The frame or barrier of boards, or other material, usually turning on hinges, by which an entrance way into a house or apartment is closed and opened. [1913 Webster]

At last he came unto an iron door That fast was locked. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. Passage; means of approach or access. [1913 Webster]

I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. --John x. 9. [1913 Webster]

4. An entrance way, but taken in the sense of the house or apartment to which it leads. [1913 Webster]

Martin's office is now the second door in the street. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

{Blank door}, {Blind door}, etc. (Arch.) See under {Blank}, {Blind}, etc.

{In doors}, or {Within doors}, within the house.

{Next door to}, near to; bordering on. [1913 Webster]

A riot unpunished is but next door to a tumult. --L'Estrange.

{Out of doors}, or {Without doors}, and, [colloquially], {Out doors}, out of the house; in open air; abroad; away; lost. [1913 Webster]

His imaginary title of fatherhood is out of doors. --Locke.

{To lay (a fault, misfortune, etc.) at one's door}, to charge one with a fault; to blame for.

{To lie at one's door}, to be imputable or chargeable to. [1913 Webster]

If I have failed, the fault lies wholly at my door. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: Door is used in an adjectival construction or as the first part of a compound (with or without the hyphen), as, door frame, doorbell or door bell, door knob or doorknob, door latch or doorlatch, door jamb, door handle, door mat, door panel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Out of doors — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out-of-doors — UK / US or out of doors UK / US adverb not inside a building Classes are taught out of doors when the weather s fine. • See: out of doors …   English dictionary

  • out-of-doors — n. Any location outside of any building, where the air is unconfined; the open air. Syn: outdoors, air, open air, open. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of doors — adv outside, not in a building = ↑outdoors ≠ ↑indoors ▪ The kids spent all their time out of doors. see usage note ↑out1 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • out-of-doors — out′ of doors′ adj. 1) Also, out′ of door′ outdoor 2) (used with a sing. v.) outdoors • Etymology: 1800–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • out-of-doors — [out΄əvdôrz′] adv., n. OUTDOORS …   English World dictionary

  • out of doors — ► out of doors in or into the open air. Main Entry: ↑door …   English terms dictionary

  • out-of-doors — noun where the air is unconfined (Freq. 1) he wanted to get outdoors a little the concert was held in the open air camping in the open • Syn: ↑outdoors, ↑open air, ↑open …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of doors — also out of doors ADV: ADV after v, be ADV If you are out of doors, you are outside a building rather than inside it. Sometimes we eat out of doors... Don t you worry about them when they re out of doors? Syn: outdoors Ant: indoors …   English dictionary

  • out of doors — adverb outside a building (Freq. 3) in summer we play outside • Syn: ↑outside, ↑outdoors, ↑alfresco • Ant: ↑indoors (for: ↑out …   Useful english dictionary

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