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[pawr-tuh-buh l, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tə bəl, ˈpoʊr-/

capable of being transported or conveyed:
a portable stage.
easily carried or conveyed by hand:
a portable typewriter.
Computers. (of data sets, software, etc.) capable of being used on different computer systems.
Obsolete. .
something that is portable, especially as distinguished from a nonportable counterpart:
Of their three television sets, one is a portable.
able to be carried or moved easily, esp by hand
(of software, files, etc) able to be transferred from one type of computer system to another
(archaic) able to be endured; bearable
an article designed to be readily carried by hand, such as a television, typewriter, etc

early 15c., from French portable “that can be carried,” from Late Latin portabilis “that can be carried,” from Latin portare “to carry” (see port (n.1)). Related: Portability.



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