American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Carried or moved with ease: a portable typewriter; a portable generator.
- adj. Capable of being transferred from one employer to another. Used of an employee benefit.
- adj. Computer Science Relating to or being software that can run on two or more kinds of computers or with two or more kinds of operating systems.
- adj. Obsolete Bearable; endurable.
- n. Something, such as a light or small typewriter, that can be carried or moved with ease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being carried in the hand or about the person; capable of being carried or transported from place to place; easily carried or conveyed.
- Supportable; tolerable.
- Capable of carrying or transporting.
- Accessible (?).
- adj. Able to be carried or easily moved.
- adj. computing Of software, able to be run on multiple hardware or operating systems.
- n. A portable toilet; a self-contained outhouse.
- n. Any temporary building that is portable, especially one located at a school.
- n. video games A hand-held video gaming device.
- n. computing a portable computer
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Capable of being borne or carried; easily transported; conveyed without difficulty.
- adj. obsolete Possible to be endured; supportable.
- adj. of a motor designed to be attached to the outside of a boat's hull
- n. a small light typewriter; usually with a case in which it can be carried
- adj. easily or conveniently transported
- From French portable. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin portābilis, from Latin portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“When the new handheld system went on sale last year, Sony hailed it as a step forward in portable gaming.”
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A list of desk types, notable and historic desks, and words and phrases pertaining to this useful item of furniture.
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