One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one.
doorway, gateway, entrance, way in, way out, exit, egress, openingView synonyms
- ‘I drove past the studios; the gates seemed like portals to some other world.’
- ‘This road leads from a rock located at the southern tip of the island to another in the north in which there is a kind of doorway or portal.’
- ‘The gap forms a portal, almost like a ceremonial entrance to the canyon.’
- ‘He laughed softly and directed me out of the chapel, towards the portals of the main doorway and the sunlight in the plaza.’
- ‘It seems to be about to go through a doorway or portal of some sort.’
- ‘With this Setisia approached a lone guard standing beside a small portal in one of the gates.’
- ‘The people were shoulder to shoulder through the gate portal.’
- ‘Stepping out of the wooden portals, your nostrils are assailed by the pungent smell of leaf-wrapped dosai.’
- ‘After a few attempts at opening the recalcitrant portal, Black realised it was a security door.’
- ‘Mayan shamans in the Yucatan, who go into caves to have visions, see caves as portals or doors that lead somewhere else.’
- ‘You are welcomed through the rough perimeter wall by a gate of rusted steel, a tree and by the portal of the canopy beyond.’
- ‘One will, most likely, exit out of the posh portals of a private school to enter a supermarket to sell groceries.’
- ‘It looks like a large circular doorway in the forest - a portal if you will.’
- ‘Stopping before a kind of stuccoed portal with iron gates, Tin announced our arrival.’
- ‘But the sand last been blown over here by the wind through these portals on the first floor of this building.’
- ‘The Palace stands in a garden dominated by huge plane trees and its facade blends mosaic tiles, decorative plasterwork and arched portals.’
2A website or web page providing access or links to other sites.‘many healthcare providers already utilize portals through which a patient can access test results’
- ‘People are used to being able to set up completely customized news sites using various portals or news aggregators.’
- ‘Industry related directories or portals are great sites to get links from.’
- ‘Now Clare has teamed up with other independent maternitywear retailers across the country to form an internet portal with links to their websites.’
- ‘Scotland Online, one of the country's leading portals and internet service providers, will launch its rebranded website this week.’
- ‘Some states had Web sites they called portals but they were really just places to download information.’
- ‘It also faces competition from a growing number of internet portals as we have said, which are adding voice components to instant messaging and gaming.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin portale, neuter (used as a noun) of portalis ‘like a gate’, from Latin porta ‘door, gate’.
Relating to an opening in an organ through which major blood vessels pass, especially the transverse fissure of the liver.
- ‘The liver biopsy specimen showed portal triads and sinusoids infiltrated with lymphoid cells.’
- ‘It is effective only in portal hypertension of hepatic origin.’
- ‘Six HCV-negative biopsy specimens had portal fibrosis, but none had fibrous septa.’
- ‘When mild, the fibrosis is confined to portal tracts and immediately adjacent parenchymal tissue.’
- ‘She developed the rapid onset of liver failure with portal hypertension and died in a hospice.’
- ‘Adhesions are broad and very short septa between portal tracts and hepatic veins.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin portalis, from Latin porta ‘gate’.
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