[[t]ˈpɔr tə bəl, ˈpoʊr-[/t]] adj.
1) capable of being transported or conveyed:
a portable stage[/ex]
2) easily carried or conveyed by hand:
a portable typewriter[/ex]
3) cmp (of data, software, etc.) able to be used on different computer systems
4) capable of being transferred, as pension benefits, from one employer's plan to that of another
5) Obs. endurable
6) something that is portable, esp. as distinguished from a nonportable counterpart
Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME < LL portābilis. See port V, -able port′a•bly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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