portability

noun
por·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce portability (audio) \
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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What iPads get right The iPad’s appeal starts with portability. Washington Post, "New iPads make a strong back-to-school appeal. I’m still not sold.," 2 Aug. 2019 Overall The Nanopresso strikes the best balance between ease of use, portability and taste. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "The 5 Best Portable Espresso Makers," 18 July 2019 The portability and pliability of data meets the speed of the internet, massively expanding the possibilities of any one research project, and scaling the risk far beyond what any one university can be held accountable for. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "When Research Data Escapes the University," 27 June 2019 The sudden portability of gorgeous, head-filling sound. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution," 9 July 2019 Seeking to stem the tide of criticism, Zuckerberg in March called for new global regulations governing the internet, recommending governments come up with rules on hateful and violent content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Zuckerberg knew of ‘problematic’ privacy practices, Wall Street Journal says," 12 June 2019 Seeking to stem the tide of criticism, Zuckerberg in March called for new global regulations governing the internet, recommending governments come up with rules on hateful and violent content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Molly Schuetz, latimes.com, "Zuckerberg knew of ‘problematic’ privacy practices, report says," 12 June 2019 Such an ability figures to allow other gaming companies to better compete with the Switch, for which its portability and library of high-quality games was a marked advantage. Washington Post, "Nintendo’s Bowser begins his reign," 19 June 2019 One is thought to be a high-end version of the Switch, while the other is a cheaper model that’s designed with an emphasis on portability. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Nintendo starts producing new Switch models outside China to fend off trade war," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of portability

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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