What does portal mean?

Definitions for portal
ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-por·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portalnoun

    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)

    "the portals of the cathedral"; "the portals of heaven"; "the portals of success"

  2. portal site, portalnoun

    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."

  3. portal vein, hepatic portal vein, portal, vena portaenoun

    a short vein that carries blood into the liver


  1. portalnoun

    A grandiose and often lavish entrance.

  2. portalnoun

    An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.

    The local library, a portal of knowledge.

  3. portalnoun

    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.

  4. portalnoun

    A short vein that carries blood into the liver.

  5. Etymology: From portale, from porta

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Portalnoun

    A gate; the arch under which the gate opens.

    Etymology: portail, Fr. po tella, Italian.

    King Richard doth appear,
    As doth the blushing discontented sun,
    From out the fiery portal of the east. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Though I should run
    To those disclosing portals of the sun;
    And walk his way, until his horses steep
    Their fiery locks in the Iberian deep. George Sandys.

    He through heav’n
    That open’d wide her blazing portals, led
    To God’s eternal house direct the way. John Milton.

    The sick for air before the portal gasp. Dryden.

    The portal consists of a composite order unknown to the ancients. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.


  1. portal

    A portal is a website or service that offers a broad range of resources, such as email, forums, search engines, and online shopping malls. It's also considered as an access point, gateway, or door into the internet or another digital system. A portal aids in navigation and connectivity in a network and often provides personalized capabilities to its visitors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portalnoun

    a door or gate; hence, a way of entrance or exit, especially one that is grand and imposing

  2. Portalnoun

    the lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions

  3. Portalnoun

    formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of the apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment

  4. Portalnoun

    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

  5. Portalnoun

    the space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces

  6. Portalnoun

    a prayer book or breviary; a portass

  7. Portaladjective

    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

  8. Etymology: [OF. portal, F. portail, LL. portale, fr. L. porta a gate. See Port a gate.]


  1. Portal

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portal

    pōrt′al, n. a small gate: any entrance: (archit.) the arch over a gate: the lesser of two gates.—Portal circulation, the capillary transmission of venous blood from one organ to another in its passage to the heart; Portal system, the portal vein with its tributaries, &c.; Portal vein, the vein which conveys to the liver the venous blood from intestines, spleen, and stomach. [O. Fr. (Fr. portail)—Low L. portale—L. porta, a gate.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Portal is ranked #23185 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Portal surname appeared 1,100 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Portal.

    75.8% or 834 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    23% or 253 total occurrences were White.
    0.6% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. patrol

  2. tropal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of portal in a Sentence

  1. Ana Magaña Garnica:

    Dreams are a never ending portal.

  2. George Hobica:

    Even if you see something in the store, sure, go try it on — but then go home and order it online [through the portal].

  3. Mahabharata:

    Heaven?s gate is narrow and minute,* It cannot be perceived by foolish men, Blinded by vain illusions of the world. E?en the clear-sighted, who discern the way And seek to enter, find the portal barred And hard to be unlocked. Its massive bolts Are pride and passion, avarice and lust.

  4. Marc Brouillard:

    Early on Saturday morning a CRA( Canadian Revenue Agency) portal was directly targeted with a large amount of traffic using a botnet to attempt to attack the services through credential stuffing, out of an abundance of caution the Canadian Revenue Agency portal was shut down to contain the attack and implement measures to protect Canadian Revenue Agency services.

  5. William Osler:

    Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.

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