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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He laughed softly and directed me out of the chapel, towards the portals of the main doorway and the sunlight in the plaza.’
- ‘I drove past the studios; the gates seemed like portals to some other world.’
- ‘Mayan shamans in the Yucatan, who go into caves to have visions, see caves as portals or doors that lead somewhere else.’
- ‘Stepping out of the wooden portals, your nostrils are assailed by the pungent smell of leaf-wrapped dosai.’
- ‘It looks like a large circular doorway in the forest - a portal if you will.’
- ‘One will, most likely, exit out of the posh portals of a private school to enter a supermarket to sell groceries.’
- ‘But the sand last been blown over here by the wind through these portals on the first floor of this building.’
- ‘You are welcomed through the rough perimeter wall by a gate of rusted steel, a tree and by the portal of the canopy beyond.’
- ‘After a few attempts at opening the recalcitrant portal, Black realised it was a security door.’
- ‘The gap forms a portal, almost like a ceremonial entrance to the canyon.’
- ‘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 people were shoulder to shoulder through the gate portal.’
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’
- ‘Some states had Web sites they called portals but they were really just places to download information.’
- ‘Scotland Online, one of the country's leading portals and internet service providers, will launch its rebranded website this week.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Now Clare has teamed up with other independent maternitywear retailers across the country to form an internet portal with links to their websites.’
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.
- ‘Six HCV-negative biopsy specimens had portal fibrosis, but none had fibrous septa.’
- ‘The liver biopsy specimen showed portal triads and sinusoids infiltrated with lymphoid cells.’
- ‘It is effective only in portal hypertension of hepatic origin.’
- ‘She developed the rapid onset of liver failure with portal hypertension and died in a hospice.’
- ‘When mild, the fibrosis is confined to portal tracts and immediately adjacent parenchymal tissue.’
- ‘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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