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  • Portative — Por ta*tive, a. [Cf. F. portatif.] 1. Portable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) Capable of holding up or carrying; as, the portative force of a magnet, of atmospheric pressure, or of capillarity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portative — [pôr′tə tiv] adj. [ME < OFr portatif, lit., that is carried < L portatus, pp. of portare, to carry (see FARE) + OFr if, IVE] 1. of or having the power of carrying 2. portable …   English World dictionary

  • portative — ● portatif, portative adjectif Qui est conçu pour être facilement transporté avec soi : Machine à écrire portative. ● portatif, portative (difficultés) adjectif Sens Ces deux adjectifs sont aujourd hui en concurrence dans les domaines de l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • portative — /pawr teuh tiv, pohr /, adj. 1. capable of being carried; portable. 2. having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying. n. 3. Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used esp. during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance …   Universalium

  • portative — /ˈpɔtətɪv/ (say pawtuhtiv) adjective 1. portable. 2. having or relating to the power or function of carrying. –noun Also, portative organ. 3. (in medieval times) a small, portable organ. {Middle English portatif, from Old French, from porter… …   Australian English dictionary

  • portative — adjective Etymology: Middle English portatif, from Middle French, from Latin portatus, past participle of portare Date: 14th century portable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Portative —    Easily portable pipe organ. The bellows is operated by the left hand and the keyboard by the right. Its depiction in medieval art suggests a role in sacred music, but there is no other documentary proof …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • portative — por·ta·tive …   English syllables

  • portative — por•ta•tive [[t]ˈpɔr tə tɪv, ˈpoʊr [/t]] adj. portable …   From formal English to slang

  • portative — adj. 1 serving to carry or support. 2 Mus. hist. (esp. of a small pipe organ) portable. Etymology: ME f. OF portatif, app. alt. of portatil f. med.L portatilis f. L portare carry …   Useful english dictionary

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