portal

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[ pawr-tl, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of portal

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English portale, from Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of portālis “of a gate.” See portal2

OTHER WORDS FROM portal

portaled, portalled, adjective

Definition for portal (2 of 2)

portal2
[ pawr-tl, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr- /
Anatomy

adjective

noting or pertaining to the transverse fissure of the liver.

noun

Origin of portal

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First recorded in 1605–15, portal is from the Medieval Latin word portālis of a gate. See port4, -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for portal

portal
/ (ˈpɔːtəl) /

noun

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

adjective

anatomy
  1. of or relating to a portal veinhepatic portal system
  2. of or relating to a porta

Word Origin for portal

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin portāle, from Latin porta gate, entrance
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Medical definitions for portal

portal
[ pôrtl ]

adj.

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.

n.

The portal vein.
The point of entry into the body of a pathogenic microorganism.
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Cultural definitions for portal

portal

A Web site that provides a gateway to other Web sites.

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