An imaginary doorway to the universe.
- An example of a portal is a door into a room.
- An example of a portal is a website that takes you to many other websites.
- a doorway, gate, or entrance, esp. a large and imposing one
- any point or place of entry, specif. one where nerves, vessels, etc. enter an organ
- a website designed to provide access to numerous other sites and, variously, e-mail service, online shopping, etc.
Origin of portalMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin portale, origin, originally neuter of portalis, of a door ; from Classical Latin porta: see port
Origin of portalML portalis
- A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing.
- An entrance or a means of entrance: the local library, a portal of knowledge.
- The portal vein.
- A website considered as an entry point to other websites, often by being or providing access to a search engine.
- Of or relating to the portal vein or the portal system.
- Of or relating to a point of entrance to an organ, especially the transverse fissure of the liver, through which the blood vessels enter.
Origin of portalMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin portale, city gate, from neuter of portalis, of a gate, from Latin porta, gate; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. N., sense 3 and adj., from New Latin porta (hepatis), transverse fissure (of the liver), literally gate of the liver, perhaps ultimately translation of Akkadian bab (ekalli), gate (of the palace), umbilical fissure of the liver (next to the transverse fissure).
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- A grandiose and often lavish entrance.
- An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.
- The local library, a portal of knowledge.
- (Internet) 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.
- (anatomy) A short vein that carries blood into the liver.
- (fiction) A magical or technological doorway leading to another location, period in time or dimension.
- (architecture) A lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.
- (architecture) Formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of an apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment.
- (bridge-building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.
- A prayer book or breviary; a portass.
portal - Computer Definition
Known also as Web portal, is a special kind of Website. The term portal was initially given to large Internet search engines that expanded their offerings to include email, news, stock quotes, and other information tidbits of practical use. Some large companies developed Intranet Websites with a similar approach, giving way to what is now known as “enterprise information” or “corporate portals.” A portal typically has a home page allowing for navigation of loosely integrated features provided by a company’s divisions or by independent third parties and a large, diversified target audience.
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A Web "supersite" that provides a variety of services including Web search, news, blogs, discussion groups, shopping and links to other sites. The major general-purpose portals are Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL, all of which offer free Web-based e-mail accounts. TV networks and newspapers provide general-purpose portals, but not e-mail. Many portals allow the home page to be personalized (see personal portal). Prior to the Web, CompuServe and AOL functioned as portals, aggregating information from various sources. The Vortal Portals also serve vertical markets. Trade magazines, associations and special interest groups host vertical portals (vortals) and provide news and articles for their industry such as IT, banking and insurance. The vortal may also include general information such as top news stories and weather; however, their search capabilities are often limited to their own archives, rather than the entire Web. See corporate portal, business intelligence portal and portal server.
portal - Investment & Finance Definition
An automated trading system operated by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to trade unregistered foreign and domestic securities.