portal (plural portals)
- An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.
- The local library, a portal of knowledge.
- (Internet) A website or page that acts as an entrance to other websites or pages on the Internet.
- The new medical portal has dozens of topical categories containing links to hundreds of sites.
- (anatomy) A short vein that carries blood into the liver.
- (science fiction and fantasy) A magical or technological doorway leading to another location, period in time or dimension.
- (architecture) A lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.
- (architecture) Formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of an apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment.
- A grandiose and often lavish entrance.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Thick with sparkling orient gems / The portal shone.
- (bridge-building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.
- A prayer book or breviary; a portass.
- French: portique
- German: Portal
- Italian: portale, portone
- Portuguese: portal
- Russian: порта́л
- Spanish: portal
portal (not comparable)
- A ghost town in California.
- A town in Georgia, USA.
- A municipality in North Dakota.