- a door, gate, or entrance, especially one of imposing appearance, as to a palace.
- an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
- an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
- Computers. a website that functions as an entry point to the Internet, as by providing useful content and linking to various sites and features on the World Wide Web.
Origin of portal1
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- noting or pertaining to the transverse fissure of the liver.
Origin of portal2
Examples from the Web for portal
The portal will have a system of simultaneous translation in three languages including English.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
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It was clear people saw the memorial as a portal to the next life, a way to reach their lost loved ones on the wind.David Best Creates a Temple Made of Memories Outside San Francisco
Debra A. Klein
February 14, 2014
What it offered instead was something far more unsettling: a portal to the life and times of a twisted, small man.Read This Book to Understand Lee Harvey Oswald
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Valle plunged to depths most of us cannot even imagine, via an Internet portal called Dark Fetish Network.Cannibal Cop’s Dark Fetishes Detailed in Grisly Trial Testimony
February 27, 2013
Down swooped the great cog into the narrow channel which was the portal to safety.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
In front, the sea appears as between the pillars of a portal.Footprints on the Sea-Shore (From "Twice Told Tales")
"I shall not forget it," said I, as we drew up before the portal.
Pylon, or Pro-Pylon, the portal or front of an Egyptian temple.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The portal through which the Martian had vanished was next to it.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
- an entrance, gateway, or doorway, esp one that is large and impressive
- any entrance or access to a place
- computing an internet site providing links to other sites
- of or relating to a portal veinhepatic portal system
- of or relating to a porta
Word Origin and History for portal
late 14c., "gate, gateway," from Old French portal "gate" (Modern French portail) and directly from Medieval Latin portale "city gate, porch," from neuter of portalis (adj.) "of a gate," from Latin porta "gate" (see port (n.1)).
- Of or relating to a porta or hilum.
- Of or relating to the portal vein or the portal system.
- Of or relating to a point of entrance to an organ, especially the transverse fissure of the liver, through which the blood vessels enter.
- The portal vein.
- The point of entry into the body of a pathogenic microorganism.
A Web site that provides a gateway to other Web sites.