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Portal

Portal Meaning & Definition
Portal Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Portal?

[n] a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically); "the portals of the cathedral"; "the portals of heaven"; "the portals of success"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Portal:

Related Terms | Find terms related to Portal: archway | back door | barway | bulkhead | carriage entrance | cellar door | cellarway | door | doorjamb | doorpost | doorway | entrance | entrance hall | entranceway | entry | entryway | foyer | French door | front door | galilee | gate | gatepost | gateway | hatch | hatchway | lintel | lobby | narthex | porch | porte cochere | portico | postern | propylaeum | pylon | scuttle | side door | stile | stoa | storm door | threshold | tollgate | trap | trap door | turnpike | turnstile | vestibule

See Also | entrance | entranceway | entree | entry | entryway

Portal In Webster's Dictionary

\Por"tal\, n. [OF. portal, F. portail, LL. portale, fr. L. porta a gate. See {Port} a gate.] 1. A door or gate; hence, a way of entrance or exit, especially one that is grand and imposing. Thick with sparkling orient gems The portal shone. --Milton. From out the fiery portal of the east. --Shak. 2. (Arch.) (a) The lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions. (b) Formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of the apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment. (c) 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. 3. (Bridge Building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces. 4. A prayer book or breviary; a portass. [Obs.] {Portal bracing} (Bridge Building), a combination of struts and ties which lie in the plane of the inclined braces at a portal, serving to transfer wind pressure from the upper parts of the trusses to an abutment or pier of the bridge.
\Por"tal\, a. (Anat.) 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. Note: Portal is applied to other veins which break up into capillaries; as, the renal portal veins in the frog.

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