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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.

    Etymology: From portable.

  2. portablenoun

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

    Etymology: From portable.

  3. portablenoun

    A hand-held video gaming device.

    Etymology: From portable.

  4. portablenoun

    a portable computer

    Etymology: From portable.

  5. portableadjective

    Able to be carried or easily moved.

    Etymology: From portable.

  6. portableadjective

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

    Etymology: From portable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portableadjective

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

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

  2. Portableadjective

    possible to be endured; supportable

    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. David Levin:

    The quality of those images is usually not very good. If you compare the quality of those kinds of studies with the quality of a study that was performed in a hospital in a radiology department or in a private radiology office, there is going to be no comparison, if a portable X-ray is absolutely necessary because of the patient’s clinical condition, then it’s justifiable.

  2. R. W. Alger:

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

  3. Dana Freeman:

    I'm just trying to do everything I can to help protect my kids, if a portable air purifier helps to keep the air in their rooms a little cleaner, then I am all for it.

  4. Jeff Joseph:

    It started in New York with 117 exhibitors and 17,500 attendees. There was a lot of audio [technology], some color TVs, portable radios – these were all the big breakout devices.

  5. Phil Schiller:

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

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