If something's portable, you can easily take it with you . You may carry your portable computer with you from class to class because it's small, light, and fits easily in your backpack.

First appearing around 1400, portable stems from the Latin word portare, meaning "to carry." Used as an adjective, portable describes something you can carry around easily. Used as a noun, it means a smaller, easy-to-carry version of something, like a computer or television. On a trip, you might take your portable so you can watch movies in the car. Before computers became popular, you might have carried around a lightweight typewriter called a portable.

Definitions of portable

adj easily or conveniently transported

“a portable television set”
portable by one man
(of personal property as opposed to real estate) can be moved from place to place (especially carried by hand)
take-away, takeout
of or involving food to be taken and eaten off the premises
not portable; not easily moved or transported

adj of a motor designed to be attached to the outside of a boat's hull

“a portable outboard motor”
located away from the midline of a vessel or aircraft

n a small light typewriter; usually with a case in which it can be carried

Type of:
hand-operated character printer for printing written messages one character at a time

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