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Porthole vs. Portal

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Portholenoun

A circular window set in the hull of a ship.

Portalnoun

An entrance, entry point, or means of entry.

‘The local library, a portal of knowledge.’;

Portholenoun

An embrasure in a ship's side. See 3d Port.

Portalnoun

(Internet) A website or page that acts as an entrance to other websites or pages on the Internet.

‘The new medical portal has dozens of topical categories containing links to hundreds of sites.’;

Portholenoun

a window in a ship or airplane

Portalnoun

(anatomy) A short vein that carries blood into the liver.

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Portholenoun

an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

Portalnoun

(fiction) A magical or technological doorway leading to another location, period in time or dimension.

Portholenoun

a small window on the outside of a ship or aircraft.

Portalnoun

(architecture) A lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.

Portholenoun

an opening for firing a cannon through.

Portalnoun

(architecture) Formerly, a small square corner in a room separated from the rest of an apartment by wainscoting, forming a short passage to another apartment.

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Porthole

A porthole, sometimes called bull's-eye window or bull's-eye, is a generally circular window used on the hull of ships to admit light and air. Though the term is of maritime origin, it is also used to describe round windows on armored vehicles, aircraft, automobiles (the Ford Thunderbird a notable example) and even spacecraft.

Portalnoun

A grandiose and often lavish entrance.

Portalnoun

(bridge-building) The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.

Portalnoun

A prayer book or breviary; a portass.

Portaladjective

(anatomy) Of or relating to a porta, especially the porta of the liver.

‘the portal vein’;

Portalnoun

A door or gate; hence, a way of entrance or exit, especially one that is grand and imposing.

‘Thick with sparkling orient gemsThe portal shone.’; ‘From out the fiery portal of the east.’;

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Portalnoun

The lesser gate, where there are two of different dimensions.

Portalnoun

The space, at one end, between opposite trusses when these are terminated by inclined braces.

Portalnoun

A prayer book or breviary; a portass.

Portaladjective

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.

Portalnoun

a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically);

‘the portals of the cathedral’; ‘the portals of heaven’; ‘the portals of success’;

Portalnoun

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.’;

Portalnoun

a short vein that carries blood into the liver

Portalnoun

a doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one.

Portalnoun

a website or web page providing access or links to other sites

‘many healthcare providers already utilize portals through which a patient can access test results’;

Portaladjective

relating to an opening in an organ through which major blood vessels pass, especially the transverse fissure of the liver.

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