I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin portabilis, from Latin portare to carry — more at fare Date: 15th century 1. a. capable of being carried or moved about <
a portable TV
b. characterized by portability <
a portable pension
c. usable on many computers with little or no modification <
portable software
2. archaic bearableportably adverb II. noun Date: 1883 something that is portable

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