from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to be carried or easily moved.
  • adj. 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. A hand-held video gaming device.
  • n. a portable computer

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being borne or carried; easily transported; conveyed without difficulty.
  • adj. Possible to be endured; supportable.

from The 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 (?).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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)
From French portable. (Wiktionary)



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