por·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
plural portabilities

Definition of portability 

1 : the quality or state of being portable

2 : the transferability of a worker's benefits from one pension fund to another when the worker changes jobs

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These are the very best picks across sound, portability, connectivity, toughness, and design. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Bluetooth Speaker for Every Occasion," 17 Aug. 2018 However, these new devices try to balance portability and power, giving users a device that's easier to take along yet can also get things done like a traditional PC. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Galaxy Tab S4 review: Even Samsung’s Dex desktop can’t save Android tablets," 8 Aug. 2018 Meet Donut Fries, which transform those beloved spherical pastries, doughnuts, into a bag of sugar-sweet sticks with the portability of french fries, the ideal junk food for life on the run. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Doughnuts in stick form: Dunkin' debuts Donut Fries," 27 June 2018 But the Forum’s work in several major jurisdictions has shown that all actors can indeed agree on principles on data control or ownership, data portability, and data security. Kai Keller, WIRED, "Data Protection Standards Need to Be Global," 29 Apr. 2018 Data portability: Social media platforms have resisted making users’ profiles and preferences interoperable across platforms. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 Besides portability, the violin has another unique quality: Its design originated in 16th century Italy, where it was created to emulate the range of a female soprano voice. CBS News, "Violins of Hope," 6 Dec. 2015 However, portability will only be permitted for a few more months. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Portability in parking? Yes, but not for long under new format," 25 June 2018 The compact has 23 objectives that seek to boost cooperation to manage migration and numerous actions ranging from technical issues like the portability of earnings by migrant workers to reducing the detention of migrants. Fox News, "Over 190 countries agree on global compact on safe migration," 13 July 2018

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1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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