por·​tal | \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio) \

Definition of portal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of portal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for portal

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of portal in a Sentence

Noun a Web portal for baseball fans the main portal to the estate is an elaborate wrought iron gate on the side facing the road
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Jaguars went back to the portal for a potential replacement, bringing in the strong-armed Carter Bradley from Toledo. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 3 Aug. 2022 And carjackings, a crime that has received widespread attention, remain higher this year, with a 7% increase, according to the portal. Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune, 2 July 2022 As the season comes to a head, the Umbrellas and the Sparrows (or what's left of them) must join forces to fight off the guardians and gain access to the portal. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2022 Facebook also directs users to a portal with accurate information about how to vote. Naomi Nix, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 But the program lost five receivers to the portal since last November, and regardless of college football’s new roster churn, if an elite player like Addison is on the market and interested Texas has to make a push. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 The DataSF team made live updates to the portal, at the requests of some Datathoners. Sfchroniclepr, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2022 Defensive lineman Noah Potter and safety Marcus Hooker are recent OSU entrants to the transfer portal who have not yet announced new homes. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 2 May 2022 You will then be taken to a portal where you will be asked a series of questions about your eligibility to vote in Indiana, including your citizenship status, age and identification type. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The offseason saw 18 players depart the program through the transfer portal, an overhaul of the coaching staff and a fall-off in recruiting. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 16 July 2022 Side Capital to learn more and sign up through their lender portal to access an array of SBA materials, resources, and the Lender Deal Room. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 June 2022 This includes multi-vendor checkout, SEO enablement, marketing integrations, a vendor product management portal, return workflows and a mobile-ready experience with progressive web app functionality. Ryan Lee, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Night Sky, the sci-fi drama series that debuted in May on Prime Video, draws us in with a mysterious portal located, inexplicably, in the backyard of Irene (Sissy Spacek) and Franklin York (J.K. Simmons) in rural Illinois. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 17 June 2022 The program is dealing with NCAA problems, and multiple players hit the transfer portal, including starting QB Jayden Daniels. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2022 In the meantime, Hession touted Twitch’s recent addition of an appeals portal, which has streamlined the process of objecting to suspensions and bans in cases where users feel like Twitch missed the mark. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 Two other players are in the transfer portal (Joey Calcaterra and Marcellus Earlington). Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 The time portal, the murder investigation, the vanishing Teton Mountains. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of portal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1754, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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


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

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“Portal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portal. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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por·​tal | \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio) \

Kids Definition of portal

: a large or fancy door or gate


por·​tal | \ ˈpȯrt-ᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio) \

Medical Definition of portal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Medical Definition of portal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Portal biographical name

Por·​tal | \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce Portal (audio) \

Definition of Portal

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

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