Definition of portability in US English:



  • 1The ability to be easily carried or moved.

    ‘the portability of a laptop’
    ‘portability and convenience are critical’
    • ‘As small as a CD player, its portability offers patients mobility while it actively mixes blood as it pumps through the device.’
    • ‘Graphics on the package emphasize product portability, depicting on-the-go activities.’
    • ‘The company is wise to focus on improving the portability of its super-premium ice creams.’
    • ‘The weapon's smaller models are still popular with security guards who favour its portability.’
    • ‘Portability goes hand in hand with the dairy industry's drive to compete with other beverages.’
    • ‘It's common for such items as mowers and quads to be stolen because of their portability.’
    • ‘They have equated convenience with "improved portability" with a tube-like package that enables the yogurt to be eaten without a spoon.’
    • ‘Portability became the new buzzword with one of his folding craft carrying an incredible 150 soldiers.’
    • ‘Although digital channels can be heard via a digital TV or over the Internet, portability of the radio makes it an attractive option.’
    • ‘Something that may change is the absence of portability of the TV.’
    1. 1.1Computing The ability of software to be transferred from one machine or system to another.
      ‘portability to multiple operating systems’
      • ‘This is more important than anything else except portability across different hardware architectures.’
      • ‘Work continues to revise the graphics pipeline for greater performance, new functions, and platform portability.’
      • ‘This portability facilitates use of the system when customer equipment modules are not easily accessible to external communication sources.’
      • ‘The technology companies keep promising that portability with security is 'almost ready'.’
      • ‘It saves you the trouble of software installation and also provides portability, since you can use your IP phone from other locations providing the same service.’
      • ‘We place unusual stress on interoperability and portability.’
      • ‘Close attention is being paid to robustness, portability, scalability, security, and integrity in the development of our software.’
      • ‘Current software technology entails writing application programmes in a high-level language intended to facilitate portability to different computer processor platforms.’
      • ‘There is hope this technology will boost the digital music market by enabling portability and greater integration of hardware and content.’
      • ‘For many, if not most, game developers, portability is still not considered a worthwhile goal.’
    2. 1.2 The possibility of a loan or pension being transferred or adapted in altered circumstances.
      ‘we must ensure the portability of pensions and health care’
      • ‘Like many who switched employers before pension portability, I now have to make up for those 'lost years' of early career moves.’
      • ‘Larger companies have to offer some sort of stakeholder or group personal pension plans, both of which allow flexibility and portability.’
      • ‘If you improve insurance portability, you'll have gone a considerable ways towards covering conditions before they get to be pre-existing.’
      • ‘Even with health insurance portability and the like, the way we obtain and maintain health insurance in America is deeply broken.’
      • ‘The objectives are to ensure health insurance portability, lessen healthcare deception and exploitation, and guarantee security and privacy of healthcare information.’
      • ‘They will facilitate schemes that provide portability of leave entitlements between employers where those entitlements would otherwise be lost to the employee.’
      • ‘The law is far-reaching and has attempted to change many aspects of healthcare related to patient privacy and insurance portability.’
      • ‘Nearly all cited tax efficiency as their main priority in choosing a pension, followed by portability and flexibility.’
      • ‘It isn't just the portability part that's added costs—it's also all the effort and paperwork that's needed to protect privacy.’
      • ‘This five-year period is expected to be reduced to two years in this year's pension legislation to provide greater pension portability for employees.’