• WordNet 3.6
    • n portal a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically) "the portals of the cathedral","the portals of heaven","the portals of success"
    • n portal a short vein that carries blood into the liver
    • n 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."
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portal A door or gate; hence, a way of entrance or exit, especially one that is grand and imposing. "Thick with sparkling orient gems
      The portal shone."
      "From out the fiery portal of the east."
    • Portal A prayer book or breviary; a portass.
    • Portal (Arch) By analogy with the French portail, used by recent writers for the whole architectural composition which surrounds and includes the doorways and porches of a church.
    • Portal (Arch) Formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of the apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment.
    • a Portal (Anat) Of or pertaining to a porta, especially the porta of the liver; as, the portal vein, which enters the liver at the porta, and divides into capillaries after the manner of an artery.Portal is applied to other veins which break up into capillaries; as, the renal portal veins in the frog.
    • Portal (Arch) The lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.
    • Portal (Bridge Building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n portal A door or gate; an entrance or opening for passage; specifically, the entire architectural treatment of the entrance and its surroundings of a great or splendid building, as a cathedral.
    • n portal A square corner of a room separated from the rest by a wainscot, and forming a short passage or vestibule.
    • portal In anatomy: Pertaining to the hepatic porta, or great transverse fissure of the liver.
    • portal Pertaining to the vena portæ, or portal vein.
    • n portal Same as portass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Portal pōrt′al a small gate: any entrance:
    • n Portal pōrt′al (archit.) the arch over a gate: the lesser of two gates
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  • James Joyce
    “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
  • James Joyce
    “A man's errors are his portals of discovery.”
  • Sir William Osler
    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. portal, F. portail, LL. portale, fr. L. porta, a gate. See Port a gate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. (Fr. portail)—Low L. portale—L. porta, a gate.


In literature:

There was no portal, no large main entrance.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
At 1 o'clock not a machinist had issued from the portals.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Nothing more meagre nor dreary can be conceived than the facade with its three, poor, characterless portals.
"Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1" by Elise Whitlock Rose
As she reached the portal of the church she stopped for some moments and looked around.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
It is a very mysterious Law which guards in this way the portals of the living world.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
I penetrated beyond the external portal of things, and roamed through the sanctuaries.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
The shop and the portal were now thronged with the inhabitants of Finisterra, men, women, and children.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
At length the gate was reached; and there, in the shadow of the portal, surrounded by his attendants, stood Paul.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Then, hasting to the portal, there he stood.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
The portal system no exception to the law of vascular symmetry.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Within the vestibule, on the keystone of the portal, is engraven, in like manner, a gigantic key.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Only a small portion of it can be seen through the portal which admits the tidal flow.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Daniel returned to earth after having knocked at the portals of the gods with tremendous wishes.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
There was a large portal, closed by an iron gate.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
In one of the side portals of this cathedral there is a figure of Christ which was not surpassed by any work of this period.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
At the portals of sleep his night was again interrupted by the mule in the adjoining shed.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
The Keeper of the Portal has commanded it.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The whole of this portal will repay careful inspection.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Slowly they came to where a portal, high-arched, gave entrance upon the great hall.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Next they produced at the portal, and high on the vehicle seemly Piled the uncountable worth of the king's Hectorean head-gifts.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various

In poetry:

And others, happier, rise and fare
To pass within the hallowed portal,
And see the glory shining there
Shrined in her steadfast eyes immortal.
"Centennial" by John Hay
"Oh, dreadful Past! beyond the midnight portal
Thou hast usurp'd our peace;
And if the angel Memory be immortal,
When shall this anguish cease?"
"Solemn Voices" by Thomas Buchanan Read
When he came to the silver star-portals,
The Queen of that wonderful place
Looked forth from her towers resplendent,
And started, and dreamed in his face.
"Safi" by Henry Kendall
The white sorrow homes to the heavenly portal.
This grief, this grief has wings --
Blood on her breast, but through the groves immortal
Her song of triumph rings.
"The Great Sorrow" by Katharine Tynan
But let the changing seasons mind us,
That Death's the certain doom of mortals,--
Grim Death, who waits at humble gates,
And likewise stalks through kingly portals.
"In The Springtime" by Eugene Field
They have shed on my heart a delightful repose,
All else it hath barr'd from its portal,
So deeply the stream of my happiness flows,
I know that my soul is immortal.
"Laura (From Petrarch)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Why the Chinese web portal is giving up its stockmarket listing.
It also has an online training portal with several features to help keep athletes motivated.
While they may appear to be just images, digital badges are actually portals that lead to large amounts of information about what their bearers know and can do.
Bay State launches portal to find life science partners.
Boring Portals' strange, sonic trip is just beginning .
The Boring Portals' (Left to Right) Emily Connor, Scott Dence, Brett Nash, and Joel Hamilton.
Boring Portals' strange, sonic trip is just beginning.
Twilighter, Southern Femisphere, Boring Portals.
Google founder defends China portal.
Yahoo Inc (YHOO), the largest US Web portal, is unveiling a browser for smartphones and tablet computers that aims to simplify searches on mobile devices as the company looks for new ways to woo users.
CoreLogic announced the release of its Third-Party Originator (TPO) portal, developed by CoreLogic Dorado.
Peanut butter plant closure angers Portales.
SEOUL, South Korea — Yahoo Inc said it will close its South Korean web portal and an Internet advertising business, cutting its losses in a market where it has struggled for over a decade.
SEOUL, South Korea Yahoo Inc (YHOO) said it will close its South Korean web portal and an Internet advertising business, cutting its losses in a market where it has struggled for over a decade.
SmartVault recently released an updated version of its client portal to enhance the way users view and share files.

In science:

For mX ∼ 5 GeV and λhv ∼ 1, the unitarity cutoff is less 10 GeV meaning that the Higgs portal is not a sensible description of the complete model.
Vector Higgs-portal dark matter and the invisible Higgs
We have studied the possibility that dark matter is of vectorial nature and it communicates with the Standard Model through the Higgs portal.
Vector Higgs-portal dark matter and the invisible Higgs
ScraperWiki (www.scraperwiki.com) is an example of a portal that allows to develop and run scripts in Python, Ruby and PHP.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Portal Service, Querying Service, Pipeline Specification Service, Anonymization Service), but these are not considered hereinafter.
Reusable Services from the neuGRID Project for Grid-Based Health Applications
The compute partition is focused on high-speed computation, and Puma supplies low-latency, high-bandwidth communication through its Portals mechanism.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Typically such software consists of a Web-based portal to another middleware system such as CORBA or COM that is used to provide the actual applications services.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The Web portal can then be used to, for example, build, submit and visualise the application that is using the backend CORBA or COM services.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Ontobroker has recently developed applications in the spirit of the Semantic Web such as semantic community web portals and tools for human resource knowledge management.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Inclusive distributions in radiative and semileptonic decays are the portal to accurately determining the nonperturbative heavy quark parameters controlling short-distance observables in B decays.
On Extracting Heavy Quark Parameters from Moments with Cuts
First, it provides a better understanding of online behavior by showing the main drivers of Internet portal choice.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
In contrast, those that prefer other popular portals such as Excite, MSN, and especially AOL are more likely to change the portal they visit.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
The average household makes 312 portal visits in this time. (The data are available to university-affiliated researchers.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
Furthermore, if a household visited two portal sites in a row, and there were less than five minutes between visits, then the first search is considered to have been repeated.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
The decision to visit an Internet portal is modeled as a standard economic discrete-choice problem.
Household-Specific Regressions Using Clickstream Data
Not all of these are suitable however for a collaborative virtual research environment. A short list of 10 portal frameworks, some independent of the cms matrix, has been produced and analysed according to the criteria which has been laid out for the CSCR environment.
A Portal Analysis for the Design of a Collaborative Research Environment for Students and Supervisors (CRESS) within the CSCR Domain