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[pawr-tl, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-/
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.
Origin of portal1
1300-50; Middle English portale < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of portālis of a gate. See portal2
Related forms
portaled, portalled, adjective
1. entranceway, doorway, entry, threshold.


[pawr-tl, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-/ Anatomy
noting or pertaining to the transverse fissure of the liver.
1605-15; < Medieval Latin portālis of a gate. See port4, -al1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for portals
  • They become such portals into social, economic and material culture history.
  • It seems that if you went through one of the airport's two security portals, you were made to surrender all lighters and matches.
  • Both are portals that can connect you up with information and processes elsewhere.
  • Their dark portals beckon with the promise of a glimpse into a lost world.
  • Most development is concentrated in a few portals and is contained.
  • Off a circular courtyard, wooden portals swing open with a touch.
  • Make them go through special portals that screen all their traffic.
  • They went through the gate and came amongst the watchers that are around the portals.
  • Back to the prison portals, and his lifted sword shone red.
  • And you can also draw portals, which objects can enter and exit to move immediately about the board, maintaining their velocity.
British Dictionary definitions for portals


an entrance, gateway, or doorway, esp one that is large and impressive
any entrance or access to a place
(computing) an internet site providing links to other sites
  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 portals



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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portals in Medicine

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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portals in Culture

portal definition

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

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