Definition of Portable

1. Noun. A small light typewriter; usually with a case in which it can be carried.

Generic synonyms: Typewriter

2. Adjective. Easily or conveniently transported. "A portable television set"
Similar to: Man-portable, Movable, Take-away, Takeout
Derivative terms: Portability
Antonyms: Unportable

3. Adjective. Of a motor designed to be attached to the outside of a boat's hull. "A portable outboard motor"
Similar to: Outboard

Definition of Portable

1. a. Capable of being borne or carried; easily transported; conveyed without difficulty; as, a portable bed, desk, engine.

Definition of Portable

1. Adjective. Able to be carried or easily moved. ¹

2. Adjective. (computing) Of software, able to be run on multiple hardware or operating systems. ¹

3. Noun. A portable toilet; a self-contained outhouse. ¹

4. Noun. Any temporary building that is portable, especially one located at a school. ¹

5. Noun. (video games) A hand-held video gaming device. ¹

6. Noun. (computing) a portable computer ¹

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Definition of Portable

1. something that can be carried [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Portable

port forwarding
port of call
port of entry
port watcher
port wine
port wines
porta hepatis
portable (current term)
portable computer
portable computers
portable saw
portable toilet
portable toilets
portacaval shunt

Literary usage of Portable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Essays, Political, Economical, and Philosophical by Benjamin Rumford (1802)
"... of a portable Kitchen Furnace, for Boilers, &c. on the common ... all, or nearly all the fire-places ufed in cooking are portable; and real advantages ..."

2. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1901)
"portable machine tools are to-day made and used for a great many different purposes undreamed of fifteen or twenty years ago. There are several reasons for ..."

3. Industrial Arts Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"Ц Concrete Cem 2:187-90 Ap '13 portable concrete mixing plants on the Panama canal. Ry & Eng R 53:303 Mr 29 13 portable dragline cableway excavator for ..."

4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1914)
"Therefore, it is only natural that attempts to develop a portable electric safety lamp were made quite some time ago. Satisfactory results, however ..."

5. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1906)
"Describe a convenient portable load device for meter A very convenient and easily portable load device can be formed from six porcelain resistances. ..."

6. Niosh Manual of Analytical Methods: Sampling and Analytical Methods for edited by Peter M. Eller (1994)
"The portable GC may range in size and portability from a self-contained unit the size ... PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION A portable GC consists of, at a minimum, ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1869)
"Compact portable Obstetric Case.—Dr. AH SMITH exhibited a compact portable ... The instrument is thus rendered more portable without in the slightest degree ..."

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