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portal

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noun por·tal \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of portal

1 :door, entrance; especially :a grand or imposing one
2 :the whole architectural composition surrounding and including the doorways and porches of a church
3 :the approach or entrance to a bridge or tunnel
4 :a communicating part or area of an organism; specifically :the point at which something (such as a pathogen) enters the body
5 :a website serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic

Examples of portal in a Sentence

  1. a Web portal for baseball fans

  2. the main portal to the estate is an elaborate wrought iron gate on the side facing the road

Recent Examples of portal from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of portal

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin portale city gate, porch, from neuter of portalis of a gate, from Latin porta gate — more at port

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portal

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Definition of portal

1 :of or relating to the transverse fissure on the underside of the liver where most of the vessels enter
2 :of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system
  • portal circulation

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Origin and Etymology of portal

New Latin porta transverse fissure of the liver, from Latin, gate


Portal

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biographical name Por·tal \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of Portal

Charles Frederick Algernon 1893–1971 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford British air marshal

PORTAL Defined for English Language Learners

portal

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Definition of portal for English Language Learners

  • : a large door or gate to a building (such as a church)

  • computers : a Web site that helps you find other sites


PORTAL Defined for Kids

portal

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noun por·tal \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl \

Definition of portal for Students

:a large or fancy door or gate

Medical Dictionary

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portal

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noun por·tal \ ˈpȯrt-ᵊl \

medical Definition of portal

:a communicating part or area of an organism: as
b :the point at which something enters the body
  • portals of infection

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portal

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medical Definition of portal

1 :of or relating to the porta hepatis
2 :of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system
  • portal blood
  • portal circulation


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