Definition for PORT-AL

PORT-AL, n. [It. portella; Fr. portail.]

  1. In architecture, a little gate, where there are two gates of different dimensions. – Encyc.
  2. A little square corner of a room, separated from the rest by a wainscot, and forming a short passage into a room. – Encyc.
  3. A kind of arch of joiner's work before a door. – Encyc.
  4. A gate; an opening for entrance; as, the portals of heaven.

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