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1. Portable.
2. Capable of or used in carrying.

[Middle English portatif, from Old French, from Latin portāre, to carry; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


1. a less common word for portable
2. concerned with the act of carrying
[C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry]


(ˈpɔr tə tɪv, ˈpoʊr-)

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How could the musical sentiment of Titian's painting, in which the pipes of the portative organ recede in symmetrical distances with the garden's noble trees amidst the fountains, ever compare to this?
Then the particles of 125 [micro]m size were separated and the concentrations of HM were analysed using a portative X-ray fluorescence spectrometer NITON XL2 Analyzer (2009).
Macovei S, 2007, Exercitii cu obiecte portative pentru educatia fizica adaptata si incluziva, Editura Didactica si Pedagogica R.
But then just as quickly the eye is drawn downward, directed by the upside-down portative organ slipping from Cecilia's hand toward the ground that is already cluttered with abandoned musical instruments: a viola da gamba with missing strings and its bow lying across the da gamba's broken belly; three recorders; two tambourines; two small drums--one with its skin pierced--and their drumsticks; a triangle and a pair of cymbals.
Coating residual stresses were determined by XRD using the sin2[psi] method, and the experiments were carried out with the portative diffractometer DRP-3, based on the sin2[psi] method.
The Benet-Mercie Model 1909, while named for two designers, was basically the Hotchkiss Portative machine gun chambered for the US .
45% have no access to outdoor mosquito control measures followed 75% of study group are practicing mosquito personal portative measures.
On the floor behind the Virgin is a portative organ--a twelfth-century invention--that, like other aspects of the painting, most obviously the Gothic screen in combination with the red cloth draped over it and the trellis-work cross that centrally surmounts it, alludes to the High Church movement's revival of choral music, altar decorations, and other aspects of Catholic (pre-Reformation, medieval) worship.
The class II and III position and in level B and C when compared with class I and in level A of impactions in addition to the visibility of inferior alveolar nerve in this study have been shown to be associated with a higher degree of trismus in all post portative days(p=0,000).
2) A l'heure de plier ses bagages et de constituer sa bibliotheque portative dans le but de rejoindre l'Angleterre puis l'Ecosse pour une periode relativement courte, environ cinq semaines, Nodier ne s'embarrasse pas d'ouvrages luxueux ou rares, ou de references qui ne lui seraient pas utiles.
Nous nous embarquames trois, dans notre petit canot d'ecorce avec nostre chapelle portative >> (9).