portal

A portal is a large and imposing gate or doorway. You’re likely to find a portal in a castle, in a cathedral, or even on an internet site.

Portal can be used to describe other types of doorways, both literal and metaphorical. For example, portal can refer to a web page that provides access to other sites on the web. If you enjoy reading science fiction or fantasy, you may be familiar with the use of the word portal to mean “a doorway to another world.” The wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe functions as a portal to the land of Narnia.

Definitions of portal
  1. noun
    a grand and imposing entrance (often extended metaphorically)
    “the portals of the cathedral”
    “the portals of heaven”
    “the portals of success”
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    type of:
    entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway
    something that provides access (to get in or get out)
  2. noun
    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.”
    synonyms: portal site
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    type of:
    internet site, site, web site, website
    a computer connected to the internet that maintains a series of web pages on the World Wide Web
  3. noun
    a short vein that carries blood into the liver
    synonyms: hepatic portal vein, portal vein, vena portae
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    type of:
    vein, vena, venous blood vessel
    a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
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