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[pawr-tl, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a door, gate, or entrance, especially one of imposing appearance, as to a palace.
2.
an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
3.
an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
4.
Computers. a website that functions as an entry point to the Internet, as by providing useful content and linking to various sites and features on the World Wide Web.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English portale < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of portālis of a gate. See portal2
Related forms
portaled, portalled, adjective
Synonyms
1. entranceway, doorway, entry, threshold.
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British Dictionary definitions for portalled

portal

/ˈpɔːtəl/
noun
1.
an entrance, gateway, or doorway, esp one that is large and impressive
2.
any entrance or access to a place
3.
(computing) an internet site providing links to other sites
adjective
4.
(anatomy)
  1. of or relating to a portal vein: hepatic portal system
  2. of or relating to a porta
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin portāle, from Latin porta gate, entrance
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Word Origin and History for portalled

portal

n.

late 14c., "gate, gateway," from Old French portal "gate" (Modern French portail) and directly from Medieval Latin portale "city gate, porch," from neuter of portalis (adj.) "of a gate," from Latin porta "gate" (see port (n.1)).

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portalled in Medicine

portal por·tal (pôr'tl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to a porta or hilum.

  2. Of or relating to the portal vein or the portal system.

  3. Of or relating to a point of entrance to an organ, especially the transverse fissure of the liver, through which the blood vessels enter.

n.
  1. The portal vein.

  2. The point of entry into the body of a pathogenic microorganism.

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portalled in Culture

portal definition


A Web site that provides a gateway to other Web sites.

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