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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

Other definitions 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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How to use portal in a sentence

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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Cultural definitions for portal

portal

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

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