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[pawr-tl, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-/

a door, gate, or entrance, especially one of imposing appearance, as to a palace.
an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
Computers. a website that functions as an entry point to the Internet, as by providing useful content and linking to various sites and features on the World Wide Web.
an entrance, gateway, or doorway, esp one that is large and impressive
any entrance or access to a place
(computing) an internet site providing links to other sites


late 14c., “gate, gateway,” from Old French portal “gate” (Modern French portail) and directly from Medieval Latin portale “city gate, porch,” from neuter of portalis (adj.) “of a gate,” from Latin porta “gate” (see port (n.1)).

portal por·tal (pôr’tl)


A Web site that provides a gateway to other Web sites.


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    [pawr-tl-tuh-pawr-tl, pohr-tl-tuh-pohr-t] /ˈpɔr tl təˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr tl təˈpoʊr t/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to the time a worker spends from entering the workplace to stepping outside, especially in relation to pay. adjective 1. of or relating to the period between the actual times workers enter and leave their mine, factory, etc: portal-to-portal pay

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