[pawr-tuh-bil-i-tee, pohr-]

noun, plural port·a·bil·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being portable.
a plan or system under which employees may accumulate pension rights under any employer who is a participant in the plan negotiated with their union.

Origin of portability

First recorded in 1965–70; port(able) + -ability
Related formsnon·port·a·bil·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for portability

Contemporary Examples of portability

  • Long into the future, the printed book will continue to survive because of its portability, durability, and flexibility.

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    Will the Book Survive?

    David "Skip" Prichard

    July 28, 2010

  • It solves the portability problem (at least in places with connectivity, which is, increasingly, everywhere).

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    How the iPad Could Kill Newspapers

    Richard J. Tofel

    February 13, 2010

  • Chefs love this thing for its ease of use and portability, which translates to easy storage for the home cook.

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    The Chef's Secret Weapon

    Chad Ward

    November 3, 2009

Historical Examples of portability