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portal

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noun por·tal \ˈpȯr-təl\

Simple Definition of portal

  • : a large door or gate to a building (such as a church)

  • computers : a Web site that helps you find other sites

Full Definition of portal

  1. 1 :  door, entrance; especially :  a grand or imposing one

  2. 2 :  the whole architectural composition surrounding and including the doorways and porches of a church

  3. 3 :  the approach or entrance to a bridge or tunnel

  4. 4 :  a communicating part or area of an organism; specifically :  the point at which something (as a pathogen) enters the body

  5. 5 :  a site serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic

Examples of portal

  1. a Web portal for baseball fans

  2. <the main portal to the estate is an elaborate wrought iron gate on the side facing the road>



Origin of portal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin portale city gate, porch, from neuter of portalis of a gate, from Latin porta gate — more at port


First Known Use: 14th century

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portal

adjective por·tal

Definition of portal

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the transverse fissure on the underside of the liver where most of the vessels enter

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system <portal circulation>



Origin of portal

New Latin porta transverse fissure of the liver, from Latin, gate


First Known Use: 1845


Portal

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biographical name Por·tal \ˈpȯr-təl\

Definition of Portal

  1. Charles Frederick Algernon 1893–1971 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford British air marshal




PORTAL Defined for Kids

portal

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noun por·tal \ˈpȯr-təl\

Definition of portal

  1. :  a large or fancy door or gate





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