If you had to describe two locations, an "entry" and an "exit", what one word would encapsulate both meanings? For example, I would describe them as "access locations". But I want a single word that means that.

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    An entry and exit of what type? Doorway? Gateway? Border? Jun 30, 2020 at 20:29
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    As @Jason Bassford points out, we are lacking in context. Do you want a formal word, informal? Please can you give a sample sentence that shows how you want to use the word? You can leave a blank _____ where the word should be. Jun 30, 2020 at 20:31
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    port, recess, opening, gate, portal, post etc.
    – Narasimham
    Jun 30, 2020 at 20:53
  • @Marty I've added the correct tag. Please review the tag info.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 30, 2020 at 20:55
  • As mentioned the word portal is quite wide in its scope. Portals can be physical doorways and general or virtual access points. Jun 30, 2020 at 20:58

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An Access or Accessway

accessway: a path, route, etc., that provides access to a specific destination or property, as to a public beach or state park


How about door? From Lexico:

door: A hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard

Doors are entrances to interior spaces and exits to exterior spaces. That is, they address both entry and exit, depending on one's direction of travel.


In the context of buildings, @RichardKayser's suggestion of doors/doorways probably makes the most sense.

In more general circumstances, another word of use, defined via Merriam-Webster, is

passageway: a way that allows passage

Entrances and exits enable passage between spaces.


If a more elegant term is required, perhaps:


which Merriam-Webster defines as:

“DOOR, ENTRANCE especially : a grand or imposing one

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