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Definition of "portable" []

  • Carried or moved with ease: a portable typewriter; a portable generator. (adjective)
  • Capable of being transferred from one employer to another. Used of an employee benefit. (adjective)
  • 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. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Bearable; endurable. (adjective)
  • Something, such as a light or small typewriter, that can be carried or moved with ease. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "portable" in a sentence
  • "During this year's earthquake in Japan, UPS set up what it called a portable warehouse to store aid goods out in the field."
  • "CINCINNATI -- Blue Ash police have arrested a man after finding what they call a portable meth lab."
  • "I'm not completely anti-PortableApps (I have Firefox, WinMerge, and OO. o from them), but the fact that a very large proportion of their apps were already portable is a big pet peeve of mine."