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(1) (Gatekeeper) An application validation check in iOS and Mac OS X (as of Version 10.8). See Mountain Lion.

(2) In an H.323 IP telephony or video environment, a gatekeeper is a device that manages domains and provides call control. It is used to translate user names into IP addresses, to authenticate users and to manage network resources. Gatekeepers also provide call authorization and accounting information. See H.323 and MCU.

(3) An organization that exercises a great amount of control over how its products are sold and used. See proprietary and walled garden.


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Aterm used for a medium’s personal spirit guide, who oversees the coming and going of spirits trying to make contact at a séance. Used interchangeably with “Door Keeper,” this guide organizes the spirits who want to make contact with the sitter(s). He or she will ensure that the spirits are there and will help them, if necessary, to make the contact. The Gatekeeper will also keep away unwanted spirits who may want to contact this physical world but are not directly connected to the sitter. Estelle Roberts’s Gatekeeper and personal guide was “Red Cloud.” Ena Twigg’s was “Philip.” Arthur Ford had “Fletcher,” William Rainen had “Dr. Peebles,” and Ivy Northage had “Chan.” Many times these Gatekeepers and spirit guides are in the form of Native Americans.


Barbanell, Maurice: This Is Spiritualism. Oxshott: The Spiritual Truth Press, 1959
Buckland, Raymond: Buckland’s Book of Spirit Communications. St. Paul: Llewellyn, 2004

What does it mean when you dream about a gatekeeper?

The gatekeeper allows passage from one form or condition to another. If the dreamer is the gatekeeper, the dream may mean the dreamer should be careful about what he or she allows to pass through or hold on to in his or her life.

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This most genial of Ascot gatemen was insistent on day one that Scenic Blast could not possibly be beaten and was equally adamant that Forgotten Voice was several sorts of a certainty for the Hunt Cup.
Avoid Salisbury, unless you are a close relative of the gatemen.
As no gatemen could be found, the last two courses were forced to allow free entrance.
Kempton has the same gatemen as Sandown and Ascot, so I was well received.
THE guardians of propriety, otherwise known as the Royal Ascot gatemen, have a tough job.
That might have been the first step up the ladder; I would have said 'back up the ladder' but I cannot remember Warwick ever having been very terrific, although it used to sell excellent soup and does have really nice gatemen.
A ban on animals may sound counter-productive at a race meeting, but gatemen have apparently been advised to show leniency in the case of racehorses.
The Railway Minister also announced the setting up of an advanced Railway Track Training Centre at Beleghata for training of gangmen and gatemen.
For 10 years Sami Hyypia has been as much a part of the fixture and fittings at Melwood as the gatemen who deal with the legions of autograph hunters who congregate outside Liverpool's training ground on a daily basis.
But there was also nervous laughter and awkward shuffling of feet among the all-ticket 1,500 audience when he relived theday MCC gatemen barred him from the pavilion - because he wasn't wearing a jacket and tie.
At some clubs there will be gatemen or programme sellers on the fiddle or supporters who should pay full price trying to get tickets at concessionary prices or climbing in over walls to avoid paying at all, etc.
Ms Finnigan, who is denying club claims that she resigned her position last week, turned up for Saturday's game against Stalybridge Celtic but was refused admission by gatemen who were told not to admit her.