- capable of being transported or conveyed: a portable stage.
- easily carried or conveyed by hand: a portable typewriter.
- Computers. (of data sets, software, etc.) capable of being used on different computer systems.
- Obsolete. endurable.
- something that is portable, especially as distinguished from a nonportable counterpart: Of their three television sets, one is a portable.
Origin of portable
Examples from the Web for portable
Portable snacks are good to have on hand, too, says Jessica Crandall, RDN, Denver Wellness & Nutrition Director.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
“We are Moroccans,” went out the cry over a portable loudspeaker.ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe
Nadette De Visser
July 28, 2014
There are edit suites mounted on shopping carts, and portable generators to power them.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
This will aggregate a portable audience that you can later introduce to your crowdfunding launch.How to Win at Crowdfunding
April 27, 2014
For myself, the NeuroSky is a convenient, portable EEG device that provides most of the rudimentary meditation help I need.High-Tech Meditation: Swap Your Yogi for a Headset
April 14, 2014
The clumsy framework of the receiver was reduced to a neat and portable size.Heroes of the Telegraph
I tore off the cover, and disclosed an elegant and portable edition of ‘Marmion.’The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
But we have been led a long way from Kaiser Max and his portable monument.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
I'd have to wear the portable G-ray all the time, and that's not so comfortable.
Few invalids are too feeble to whisper at the light, portable ear of metal.
- able to be carried or moved easily, esp by hand
- (of software, files, etc) able to be transferred from one type of computer system to another
- archaic able to be endured; bearable
- an article designed to be readily carried by hand, such as a television, typewriter, etc
Word Origin and History for portable
early 15c., from French portable "that can be carried," from Late Latin portabilis "that can be carried," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Related: Portability.