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PORTAL, noun In architecture, a little gate, where there are two gates of different dimensions.

1. A little square corner of a room, separated from the rest by a wainscot, and forming a short passage into a room.

2. A kind of arch of joiner's work before a door.

3. A gate; an opening for entrance; as the portals of heaven.