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Mashhad, Iran

por·tal

 (pôr′tl)
n.
1. A doorway, entrance, or gate, especially one that is large and imposing.
2. An entrance or a means of entrance: the local library, a portal of knowledge.
3. The portal vein.
4. A website considered as an entry point to other websites, often by being or providing access to a search engine.
adj.
1. Of or relating to the portal vein or the portal system.
2. Of or relating to a point of entrance to an organ, especially the transverse fissure of the liver, through which the blood vessels enter.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin portāle, city gate, from neuter of portālis, of a gate, from Latin porta, gate; see per- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 3 and adj., from New Latin porta (hepatis), transverse fissure (of the liver), literally gate of the liver, perhaps ultimately translation of Akkadian bāb (ekalli), gate (of the palace), umbilical fissure of the liver (next to the transverse fissure).]

portal

(ˈpɔːtəl)
n
1. (Architecture) an entrance, gateway, or doorway, esp one that is large and impressive
2. any entrance or access to a place
3. (Telecommunications) computing an internet site providing links to other sites
adj
(Anatomy) anatomy
a. of or relating to a portal vein: hepatic portal system.
b. of or relating to a porta
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin portāle, from Latin porta gate, entrance]

por•tal1

(ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-)

n.
1. a door, gate, or entrance, esp. one of imposing size and appearance.
2. an iron or steel bent for bracing a framed structure, having curved braces between the vertical members and a horizontal member at the top.
3. an entrance to a tunnel or mine.
4. Computers. a Web site that functions as an entrance to the Internet, as by providing useful content and organizing various sites and features on the World Wide Web or other parts of the Internet.
[1300–50; < Medieval Latin, n. use of neuter of portālis of a gate]

por•tal2

(ˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr-)
Anat. adj.
1. noting or pertaining to the transverse fissure of the liver.
n.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin portālis of a gate. See port4, -al1]

portal

- An Internet site offering a directory of links to other sites.
See also related terms for links.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portal - a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)portal - a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically); "the portals of the cathedral"; "the portals of heaven"; "the portals of success"
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"
2.portal - a site that the owner positions as an entrance to other sites on the internet; "a portal typically has search engines and free email and chat rooms etc."
internet site, web site, website, site - a computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web; "the Israeli web site was damaged by hostile hackers"
3.portal - a short vein that carries blood into the liver
portal system - system of veins that carry blood from the abdominal organs to the liver
vein, vena, venous blood vessel - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"

portal

noun (Literary) doorway, door, entry, way in, entrance, gateway, entrance way I entered through the royal portal.
Translations
portál
portaaliportti

portal

[ˈpɔːtl] Nportal m

portal

[ˈpɔːrtəl] n
(= entrance) → portail m
(COMPUTING) (= internet site) → portail mport authority nautorités fpl portuaires

portal

n (liter)Portal nt, → Pforte f (geh), → Tor nt; (Comput) → Portal nt

portal

[ˈpɔːtl] nportale m

por·tal

a. portal.
1. rel. al sistema portal;
2. rel. al punto de entrada de un microorganismo.

portal

adj portal; (vein) porta

portal

n portal m; patient — portal del paciente; — of entry portal de entrada
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But, in order that it might not close of itself and entomb them, the portal was blocked open with stones found in the passage.
He tried the door, which yielded to his hand, and was flung wide open by a sudden gust of wind that passed, as with a loud sigh, from the outermost portal through all the passages and apartments of the new house.
But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-hush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
He had opened feel portal and stood at it, waiting for me.
The ivy hung thick over the door, the key was buried under the shrubs, no human being had passed that portal for ten lonely years--and yet inside the garden there were sounds.
I had believed in the best parlour as a most elegant saloon; I had believed in the front door, as a mysterious portal of the Temple of State whose solemn opening was attended with a sacrifice of roast fowls; I had believed in the kitchen as a chaste though not magnificent apartment; I had believed in the forge as the glowing road to manhood and independence.
The hermit speedily unbolted his portal, and admitted Locksley, with his two companions.
Then the happy party dispersed, and Robin and Marian passed out again through the portal, man and wife.
She did not see me at first, but just as she was disappearing through the portal of the building which was to be her prison she turned, and her eyes met mine.
Toward the front and the door he made his way when once his nose had assured him that Meriem lay within; but as he rounded the side and came within view of the entrance he saw a burly Negro armed with a long spear squatting at the portal of the girl's prison.
I went out through the portal into the sunlit world again as soon as my hunger was satisfied.