Definitions for PORTALˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
por•talˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-(n.)
a door, gate, or entrance, esp. one of imposing size and appearance.
an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
Category: Building Trades, Civil Engineering
an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
Category: Civil Engineering, Mining
Computers.a Web site that functions as an entrance to the Internet, as by providing useful content and organizing various sites and features on the World Wide Web or other parts of the Internet.
Origin of portal:
1300–50; < ML, n. use of neut. of portālis of a gate
por•tal*ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-
(adj.)noting or pertaining to the transverse fissure of the liver.
Ref: portal vein.
Origin of portal:
1605–15; < ML portālis of a gate. See port4, -al1
a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
"the portals of the cathedral"; "the portals of heaven"; "the portals of success"
portal site, portal(noun)
a site that the owner positions as an entrance to other sites on the internet
"a portal typically has search engines and free email and chat rooms etc."
portal vein, hepatic portal vein, portal, vena portae(noun)
a short vein that carries blood into the liver
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
portal(noun)ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-
a website with links to other websites
an official government portal
A grandiose and often lavish entrance.
An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.
The local library, a portal of knowledge.
A website that acts as an entrance to other websites on the Internet.
The new medical portal has dozens of topical categories containing links to hundreds of sites.
A short vein that carries blood into the liver.
Origin: From portale, from porta
a door or gate; hence, a way of entrance or exit, especially one that is grand and imposing
the lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions
formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of the apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment
by analogy with the French portail, used by recent writers for the whole architectural composition which surrounds and includes the doorways and porches of a church
the space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces
a prayer book or breviary; a portass
of or pertaining to a porta, especially the porta of the liver; as, the portal vein, which enters the liver at the porta, and divides into capillaries after the manner of an artery
Portal is a 2007 first-person puzzle-platform video game developed by Valve Corporation. The game was released in a bundle package called The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on October 9, 2007 and for the PlayStation 3 on December 11, 2007. The Windows version of the game is available for download separately through Valve's content delivery system Steam and was released as a standalone retail product on April 9, 2008. A standalone version called Portal: Still Alive was released on the Xbox Live Arcade service on October 22, 2008; this version includes an additional 14 puzzles. A Mac OS X version was released as part of the Mac-compatible Steam platform on May 12, 2010. The game primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using "the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. The player-character, Chell, is challenged by an artificial intelligence named GLaDOS to complete each puzzle in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using the portal gun with the promise of receiving cake when all the puzzles are completed. The game's unique physics allows momentum to be retained through portals, requiring creative use of portals to maneuver through the test chambers. This gameplay element is based on a similar concept from the game Narbacular Drop; many of the team members from the DigiPen Institute of Technology who worked on Narbacular Drop were hired by Valve for the creation of Portal.
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