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adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: capable of being carried or transported.
mobile, movable, transportable
similar words:
compact, pocket, pocket-sized
definition 2: easy to carry or move with the hands.
pocket, pocket-size, vest-pocket
similar words:
carry-on, collapsible, compact, condensed, hand, handy, lightweight
definition 3: of computer software, capable of working on a variety of computers.
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adverb + (adj.)portable easily, highly
(adj.)portable + noun antenna, appliance, application, assistant, battery, bench, camera, canister, cart, cassette, cell, circular, classroom, cleaner, communication, computer, computing, console, container, cooler, crib, deck, defibrillator, desk, desktop, detector, device, disc, disk, document, drill, drive, easel, electronics, equipment, fax, file, filter, flashlight, format, gadget, gas, gear, generator, grill, headphone, heater, instrument, ipod, keyboard, kit, labyrinth, lamp, lap, laptop, machine, meter, missile, mixer, modem, monitor, mount, multimedia, music, navigation, oven, oxygen, pack, pension, phone, planetarium, platform, player, potty, printer, pump, radar, radio, ramp, receiver, recorder, restroom, satellite, saw, scanner, scope, screen, set, shelter, shower, speaker, stand, stereo, storage, stove, supply, system, tank, tape, telephone, telescope, television, tent, toilet, tool, trailer, typewriter, ultrasound, unit, vacuum, ventilator, version, wheelchair, wireless [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition: something such as a typewriter or computer that is easy to carry compared to others of its kind.
similar words:
carry-on, mini
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adjective + (n.)portable new, other, small
verb + (n.)portable make, use
noun + (n.)portable Help insurance
derivations: portably (adv.), portability (n.)
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The word portable contains the following parts:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable