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"My father was a master mechanic; I grew up with a screwdriver in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other."
- Frank Herbert

Gate  
  A gate through spacetime to other worlds.  

As far as I know, this is the first use of the word "gate" to describe this idea.

The purple circle that came in front of the plane looked just like that… We have seen the gate to our world opened again - I am sure of it.
From Through Purple Cloud, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Wonder Stories in 1931
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This idea has been used many times; I was also thinking of how Robert Heinlein used the idea of the Ramsbotham Gate from his 1955 novel Tunnel in the Sky:

Ramsbotham's discoveries eliminated the basic cause of war and solved the problem of what to do with all those dimpled babies. A hundred thousand planets were no farther away than the other side of the street. Virgin continents, raw wildernesses, fecund jungles, killing deserts, frozen tundras, and implacable mountains lay just beyond the city gates, and the human race was again going out where the street lights do not shine...

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