1 [pawr-tl, pohr-]
a door, gate, or entrance, especially one of imposing appearance, as to a palace.
an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
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.

1300–50; Middle English portale < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of portālis of a gate. See portal2

portaled, portalled, adjective

1. entranceway, doorway, entry, threshold.
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portal (ˈpɔːtəl)
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
4.  anatomy
 a.  of or relating to a portal vein: hepatic portal system
 b.  of or relating to a porta
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin portāle, from Latin porta gate, entrance]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from M.L. portale "city gate, porch," from neut. of portalis (adj.) "of a gate," from L. porta "gate" (see port (2)).
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portal por·tal (pôr'tl)

  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.

  1. The portal vein.

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

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portal definition

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

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