• (British) IPA: /ˈpɔː(ɹ)təbəl/, /ˈpɔː(ɹ)təbl̩/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɔɹtəbəl/, /ˈpɔɹtəbl̩/, [ˈpʰɔɹɾɪ̈bl̩]


  1. Able to be carried or easily moved.
  2. Able to be transferred from one organization to another.
    a portable pension plan
  3. (computing) Of software, able to be run on multiple hardware or operating systems.
Translations Translations
  • German: portabel
  • Portuguese: portável
  • Spanish: portable

portable (plural portables)

  1. A portable building used for temporary purposes, particularly:
    1. Clipping of portable toilet#English|portable toilet.
    2. A trailer or other movable structure used for classes at a school.
  2. (computing) Clipping of portable computer#English|portable computer.
    • 1985, New Accountant (volumes 1-3, page lxvii)
      A few portables, particularly the small laphelds, go one step further and come with software built into the computer.
    • 1987, InfoWorld (volume 9, number 20, page 71)
      Compaq portables have grown lighter and more powerful since then. Their newest luggable, the Compaq Portable III, is six times more powerful and 10 pounds lighter than the original model.
  3. (video games) A hand-held video gaming device.

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