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portable

[pawr-tuh-buh l, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tə bəl, ˈpoʊr-/
adjective
1.
capable of being transported or conveyed:
a portable stage.
2.
easily carried or conveyed by hand:
a portable typewriter.
3.
Computers. (of data sets, software, etc.) capable of being used on different computer systems.
4.
Obsolete, endurable.
noun
5.
something that is portable, especially as distinguished from a nonportable counterpart:
Of their three television sets, one is a portable.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin portābilis. See port5, -able
Related forms
portably, adverb
nonportable, adjective
unportable, adjective
Can be confused
portable, potable.
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British Dictionary definitions for un portable

portable

/ˈpɔːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be carried or moved easily, esp by hand
2.
(of software, files, etc) able to be transferred from one type of computer system to another
3.
(archaic) able to be endured; bearable
noun
4.
an article designed to be readily carried by hand, such as a television, typewriter, etc
Derived Forms
portability, noun
portably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin portābilis, from Latin portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for un portable

portable

adj.

early 15c., from French portable "that can be carried," from Late Latin portabilis "that can be carried," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Related: Portability.

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