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

Examples of portability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Carbon line adds in a sleek build that doesn’t sacrifice portability for durability. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here’s your guide to Intel’s 11th-Gen CPUs," 2 Sep. 2020 Some things to look out for: UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), ventilation to keep air circulating, portability, and ease of setup. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Beach umbrellas that throw shade on all others," 16 June 2020 Their ultimately secure, bulky build can be condensed down into the included carrying bag, with both cups folding inward for portability. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best over-ear headphones of 2020," 12 Aug. 2020 Get the power and low price of a gas generator with greater portability. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Portable Power Stations for Outages and Outings," 12 June 2020 Motz thinks their portability and basic nature makes cheeseburgers a perfect food for today's day and age. USA Today, "How to make the perfect cheeseburger," 8 Aug. 2020 While hard coolers have had their own renaissance in recent years, the soft-sided kind has also seen a surge in popularity, given their lighter weight and portability. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Soft Coolers for Keeping Food and Beer Cold," 23 June 2020 Nothing beats a small hand tool that can fit right in your pocket for portability. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Four Things to Consider Before You Buy a Chainsaw Sharpener," 2 Aug. 2019 The Babyseater portable playard is designed for portability and easy one-handed setup. Popular Science, "Playards to keep your baby or toddler happy and safe," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of portability

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Sep 2020

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“Portability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portability. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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