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gateway 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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