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

Definition of portal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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

Definition of Portal (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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 Then, in his first normal offseason, Tucker dipped heavily into the transfer portal to rebuild the Spartans, bringing in numerous contributors, most notably likely Heisman Trophy candidate Kenneth Walker III. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 Nate Oats needed to re-recruit his leading scorer out of the transfer portal over the summer, but Jaden Shackelford’s decision to return in Tuscaloosa seems to paying off for both sides. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 19 Nov. 2021 Led by Van Kleunen, there is plenty of experience, and Duffy filled holes with talented players from the transfer portal. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2021 The Bluejays begin the rebuild with a impressive recruiting class, four top-75′s, including Arthur Kaluma and Ryan Nembhard and perimeter shooter Ryan Hawkins from the transfer portal. Dom Amore, courant.com, 8 Nov. 2021 Under second-year coach Mel Tucker, the Spartans have seamlessly inserted more than a dozen transfers into key roles and provided a blueprint for how to manage roster turnover in the era of the transfer portal. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2021 Seven high-profile transfers signed from the portal to replenish a depleted roster. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Oct. 2021 The Red Raiders returned a lot of players on both sides of the ball, but also patched critical holes by way of the transfer portal. Ryan Mainville, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 According to a report by 247Sports, Thompson has not entered his name into the transfer portal. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Abdul Ado on Thursday finally showed why Wes Miller was so happy to draw the 6-foot-11, 255-pound forward out of the transfer portal and onto the University of Cincinnati campus in the offseason. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2021 West Virginia Head coach Mike Carey has taken advantage of the transfer portal to add Yemiyah Morris from Mississippi State and A’riana Gray from Xavier. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Mora: In the era of the transfer portal, kids are always going to want to come to USC. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Throughout the morning, men’s and women’s coaches from nearly every Big Ten school discussed the influence of the transfer portal on roster building in the modern game. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 7 Oct. 2021 Since the advent of the transfer portal, the UAB football team has brought back a handful of players from the other side that spent an early portion of their career at various Power 5 programs around the country. Evan Dudley, al, 24 Sep. 2021 The 14-second clip shows Rick and Morty jumping out of another portal, right into the live-action dimension, with Lloyd as a pitch-perfect Rick and Jaeden Martell (Knives Out) playing Morty. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 So far, the MLC apparently only has a beta version of the claim portal. Ed Christman, Billboard, 9 July 2021 Across India, this year till July 4, only 87,569 beneficiaries had received grains through the scheme, according to data from the Integrated Management of Public Distribution System portal. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz, 6 July 2021

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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 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of portal

: a large door or gate to a building (such as a church)
: a Web site that helps you find other sites


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

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