Main definitions of portal in English

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portal1

noun

  • 1A doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one.

    • ‘With this Setisia approached a lone guard standing beside a small portal in one of the gates.’
    • ‘One will, most likely, exit out of the posh portals of a private school to enter a supermarket to sell groceries.’
    • ‘The people were shoulder to shoulder through the gate portal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to be about to go through a doorway or portal of some sort.’
    • ‘Stopping before a kind of stuccoed portal with iron gates, Tin announced our arrival.’
    • ‘The Palace stands in a garden dominated by huge plane trees and its facade blends mosaic tiles, decorative plasterwork and arched portals.’
    • ‘The gap forms a portal, almost like a ceremonial entrance to the canyon.’
    • ‘It looks like a large circular doorway in the forest - a portal if you will.’
    • ‘You are welcomed through the rough perimeter wall by a gate of rusted steel, a tree and by the portal of the canopy beyond.’
    • ‘Stepping out of the wooden portals, your nostrils are assailed by the pungent smell of leaf-wrapped dosai.’
    • ‘I drove past the studios; the gates seemed like portals to some other world.’
    • ‘After a few attempts at opening the recalcitrant portal, Black realised it was a security door.’
    • ‘He laughed softly and directed me out of the chapel, towards the portals of the main doorway and the sunlight in the plaza.’
    • ‘Mayan shamans in the Yucatan, who go into caves to have visions, see caves as portals or doors that lead somewhere else.’
    • ‘But the sand last been blown over here by the wind through these portals on the first floor of this building.’
    doorway, gateway, entrance, way in, way out, exit, egress, opening
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    1. 1.1 A website or web page providing access or links to other sites.
      • ‘Industry related directories or portals are great sites to get links from.’
      • ‘People are used to being able to set up completely customized news sites using various portals or news aggregators.’
      • ‘Some states had Web sites they called portals but they were really just places to download information.’
      • ‘Now Clare has teamed up with other independent maternitywear retailers across the country to form an internet portal with links to their websites.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scotland Online, one of the country's leading portals and internet service providers, will launch its rebranded website this week.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

portal

/ˈpɔːt(ə)l/

Main definitions of portal in English

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portal2

adjective

Anatomy
  • 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.’
    • ‘Adhesions are broad and very short septa between portal tracts and hepatic veins.’
    • ‘When mild, the fibrosis is confined to portal tracts and immediately adjacent parenchymal tissue.’
    • ‘Six HCV-negative biopsy specimens had portal fibrosis, but none had fibrous septa.’
    • ‘She developed the rapid onset of liver failure with portal hypertension and died in a hospice.’
    • ‘It is effective only in portal hypertension of hepatic origin.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin portalis, from Latin porta ‘gate’.

Pronunciation

portal

/ˈpɔːt(ə)l/