• (British) IPA: /ˈpɔːtəl/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɔːɹtəl/, [ˈpʰɔːɹɾɫ̩]

portal (plural portals)

  1. An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.
    The local library, a portal of knowledge.
  2. (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.
  3. (anatomy) A short vein that carries blood into the liver.
  4. (science fiction and fantasy) A magical or technological doorway leading to another location, period in time or dimension.
  5. (architecture) A lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.
  6. (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.
  7. 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.
  8. (bridge-building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.
  9. A prayer book or breviary; a portass.
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portal (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) Of or relating to a porta, especially the porta of the liver.
    the portal vein

Proper noun
  1. A ghost town in California.
  2. A town in Georgia, USA.
  3. A municipality in North Dakota.

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