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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However, when the Home Mini arrived on the scene, these customization options were sacrificed at the altar of price and portability. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google Home Mini’s new aqua model is now shipping — a month late," 29 Nov. 2018 Drawing with a stylus of some sort is a breakthrough in portability and spontaneous expression that can turn any surface into a message board. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Is This the World’s Oldest Hashtag?," 12 Sep. 2018 Diehards love their durability and, in some cases, their portability—although moving a shipping container house can cost a lot of time and money. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The portability also makes Ultimate a more social experience. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the complete package," 6 Dec. 2018 Like any consumer hardware company, Master & Dynamic has had some design missteps but the MW07s are a step in a different direction: luxury materials meet portability. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Master & Dynamic’s first truly wireless earbuds cost $299 and come in four colors," 13 Sep. 2018 Unlike a traditional flip phone, the device when opened would be almost all screen, giving consumers a large display akin to a tablet, with the portability of a phone that could fit in a consumer’s hand, pocket or purse. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Plans to Launch Foldable-Screen Phone Early Next Year," 18 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Retina-less Macbook Air was settling into its spot as Apple’s best computer for average people, thanks to its mix of portability, power, and a modest price. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Apple's New Macs Are the Ones You've Been Waiting on For Years," 30 Oct. 2018 Those users need more power than a laptop can ever reasonably provide—especially one with a commitment to portability. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "2018 15-inch MacBook Pro review: Better, faster, stronger?," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of portability

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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