por·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce portability (audio)
plural portabilities
: the quality or state of being portable
: the transferability of a worker's benefits from one pension fund to another when the worker changes jobs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Size and portability are arguably the two most important factors, however. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 8 Jan. 2023 When choosing the best home office desks, our pros evaluated a number of key criteria such as ease of assembly, ease of use, size and design and special or customizable features like portability and electric height adjustment. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 5 Jan. 2023 This is a sizable gaming laptop focused on power, so expect a larger chassis with the latest features and powerful components over portability. PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2023 Under those circumstances, the Mac Pro, at the very top of the portfolio, was clearly sold on the power available and rightly so… just as the MacBook Air was sold on the balance of power alongside portability. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 18 Dec. 2022 Handles can add helpful lifting assistance and portability when needed. Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2022 Finally, some flat top grills feature folding legs for storage or portability. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 1 Dec. 2022 Say hello to versatility and portability with MPOWERD’s newest innovations. Outside Online, 1 Dec. 2022 Its smaller sibling enhances the portability factor a step further while still packing immense power. Scott Gilbertson Gear Team, WIRED, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of portability was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Portability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portability. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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