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Definitions for portable
ˈpɔr tə bəl, ˈpoʊr-por·ta·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portableadjective

    a small light typewriter; usually with a case in which it can be carried

  2. portableadjective

    easily or conveniently transported

    "a portable television set"

  3. portableadjective

    of a motor designed to be attached to the outside of a boat's hull

    "a portable outboard motor"


  1. portablenoun

    A portable toilet; a self-contained outhouse.

  2. portablenoun

    Any temporary building that is portable, especially one located at a school.

  3. portablenoun

    A hand-held video gaming device.

  4. portablenoun

    a portable computer

  5. portableadjective

    Able to be carried or easily moved.

  6. portableadjective

    Of software, able to be run on multiple hardware or operating systems.

  7. Etymology: From portable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Portableadjective

    Etymology: portabilis, Lat.

    The pleasure of the religious man is an easy and portable pleasure, such an one as he carries about in his bosom, without alarming the eye or envy of the world. South.

    Most other portable commodities decay quickly in their use; but money is by slower degrees removed from, or brought into the free commerce of any country, than the greatest part of other merchandize. John Locke.

    How light and portable my pains seem now,
    When that which makes me bend, makes the king bow. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    All these are portable
    With other graces weigh’d. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. portable

    Portable refers to something that can be easily carried or moved around due to its compact size, light weight, or design features that facilitate transport. This can apply to a wide range of objects such as electronics, furniture, equipment, etc. It can also refer to software that can be used on different computers without requiring installation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portableadjective

    capable of being borne or carried; easily transported; conveyed without difficulty; as, a portable bed, desk, engine

  2. Portableadjective

    possible to be endured; supportable

  3. Etymology: [L. portabilis, fr. portare to carry: cf. F. portable. See Port demeanor.]


  1. Portable

    Alan Abrahams AKA Portable AKA Bodycode has been in motion his whole life—growing up in South Africa, coming of age in London, decamping to Berlin and finally settling in Lisbon and his deeply syncopated brand of electronic dance music has evolved with every step of the journey. Emerging out of the ruins of a post apartheid South Africa and rising from a slum in Cape Town, producer Alan Abrahams has made a name for himself in the electronic music by way of his Bodycode and Portable projects. He started his discovery of dance music listening to the backbeat of the first wave of Chicago house records, Inspired musically, yet frustrated geographically, he relocated to London in 1997. In London, Abrahams began recording as Portable, the experimental, atmospheric project that acts a living link between the indigenous sounds of his youth, and those first records whose futuristic aesthetic broadened his horizons. He founded the Süd Electronic label with his partner Lerato and released a string of 12″ releases. A succession of full-length albums followed – Cycling and Futuristic Experiments #005 on Background, Version on ~scape records, and the Powers of Ten for Süd Electronic in 2007. A rich and expansive record, Powers of Ten further explored his African heritage through a new lexicon of sonic influences, acquired from his home base in Portugal.

Editors Contribution

  1. portable

    Having the ability of being transported.

    The portacabins are able to be transported.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. portable

    The ability for application or use with equipment, devices, technology and systems.

    Portable computers are used in various locations.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of portable in a Sentence

  1. Keith Pinkerton:

    If you’re using a portable generator, it needs to be a minimum of 30 feet away from the house while it’s running to eliminate the possibilities of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  2. Commissioner Nigro:

    The smoke spread throughout the building, thus, the tremendous loss of life and other people fighting for their lives right now in hospitals all over the The Bronx, so we are investigating where everyone was found how the smoke traveled, but certainly the marshals have determined through physical evidence and through firsthand accounts by the residents that this fire started in the bedroom, in a portable electric heater.

  3. Agnes Halmos:

    It's horrible that they are stuck here, thousands of them with just five portable toilets and no place to spend a night, there are infants here, for crying out loud!

  4. Yamile Quintero:

    I asked and they were like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s portable oxygen, you’re fine. You can get on the plane.

  5. Gerard Cote:

    The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but it is with a big bench top microscope that is relatively complicated to use, takes a trained technician, and you have to have the facility for that scope in a centralized lab somewhere. So basically what we are taking is that gold standard and making it into a portable device.

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    A embark
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