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ˈpɔr tə bəl, ˈpoʊr-portable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portable(adj)

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

  2. portable(adj)

    easily or conveniently transported

    "a portable television set"

  3. portable(adj)

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

    "a portable outboard motor"


  1. portable(Noun)

    A portable toilet; a self-contained outhouse.

  2. portable(Noun)

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

  3. portable(Noun)

    A hand-held video gaming device.

  4. portable(Noun)

    a portable computer

  5. portable(Adjective)

    Able to be carried or easily moved.

  6. portable(Adjective)

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

  7. Origin: From portable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portable(adj)

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

  2. Portable(adj)

    possible to be endured; supportable

  3. Origin: [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.

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How to say portable in sign language?

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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. R. W. Alger:

    Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.

  2. Phil Schiller:

    It is faster than 80 percent of the portable PCs that have shipped in the last 12 months.

  3. 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.

  4. Melanie Bailey:

    We would like to get funding to make this technology more portable using miniature mass spectrometers. We are also working on a quantitative method.

  5. 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!

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