- a city, town, or other place where ships load or unload.
- a place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor.
- Also called port of entry. Law. any place where persons and merchandise are allowed to pass, by water or land, into and out of a country and where customs officers are stationed to inspect or appraise imported goods.
- a geographical area that forms a harbor: the largest port on the eastern seaboard.
- Informal. an airport.
Origin of port1
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- the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
- pertaining to or designating port.
- located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft.
- to turn or shift to the port, or left, side.
Origin of port2
- any of a class of very sweet wines, mostly dark-red, originally from Portugal.
Origin of port3
- an opening in the side or other exterior part of a ship for admitting air and light or for taking on cargo.Compare porthole(def 1).
- Machinery. an aperture in the surface of a cylinder, for the passage of steam, air, water, etc.
- a small aperture in an armored vehicle, aircraft, or fortification through which a gun can be fired or a camera directed.
- a physical connection in a computer to which a peripheral device or a transmission line from a remote terminal can be attached.
- Also called port number. a numerical code that identifies an origin or destination within an IP address:Routers can be configured to change ports within the local network.
- the raised center portion on a bit for horses.
- Chiefly Scot. a gate or portal, as to a town or fortress.
Origin of port4
- Military. to carry (a rifle or other weapon) with both hands, in a slanting direction across the front of the body, with the barrel or like part near the left shoulder.
- Digital Technology. to create a new version of (an application program) to run on a different hardware platform (sometimes followed by over): The publisher is porting several classic games to next-generation consoles.
- Military. the position of a rifle or other weapon when ported.
- Digital Technology. a version of an existing video game published for a different console or device.
- Archaic. manner of bearing oneself; carriage or deportment.
Origin of port5
Examples from the Web for port
His keepers fed the beast copious amounts of port, Champagne, and whiskey to pacify the persnickety pachyderm.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
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Casino resorts thrive in the Bahamas and have a presence in almost every port of call for hundreds of miles.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
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Once the ships that rescued them dock at port, they disembark.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
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Claret for boys, port for men, and brandy for heroes, according to Dr. Johnson, and Hitch went for the heroic.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
On October 14, Al Hirak held its largest protest ever with more than 100,000 people attending a rally in the port city of Aden.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
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He may perhaps be on the eve of starting away by some of the vessels in the port.Life in London
I was ashore every day while the squadron remained in the port.
The decadence of Narbonne as a port is due to natural causes.In the Heart of Vosges
The two brigs had gone, but there was still a considerable French force in port.
This vessel belonged to Charleston, and it was intended she should return to her own port.
- a town or place alongside navigable water with facilities for the loading and unloading of ships
- See port of entry
- Also called (formerly): larboard
- the left side of an aircraft or vessel when facing the nose or bow
- (as modifier)the port bow Compare starboard (def. 1)
- to turn or be turned towards the port
- a sweet fortified dessert wine
- an opening in the side of a ship, fitted with a watertight door, for access to the holds
- See porthole (def. 1)
- a small opening in a wall, armoured vehicle, etc, for firing through
- an aperture, esp one controlled by a valve, by which fluid enters or leaves the cylinder head of an engine, compressor, etc
- electronics a logic circuit for the input and ouput of data
- mainly Scot a gate or portal in a town or fortress
- (tr) to carry (a rifle, etc) in a position diagonally across the body with the muzzle near the left shoulder
- this position
- (tr) computing to change (programs) from one system to another
- Australian (esp in Queensland) a suitcase or school case
Word Origin and History for port
"harbor," Old English port "harbor, haven," reinforced by Old French port "harbor, port; mountain pass;" Old English and Old French words both from Latin portus "port, harbor," originally "entrance, passage," figuratively "place of refuge, assylum," from PIE *prtu- "a going, a passage," from root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over" (cf. Sanskrit parayati "carries over;" Greek poros "journey, passage, way," peirein "to pierce, run through;" Latin porta "gate, door," portare "passage," peritus "experienced;" Avestan peretush "passage, ford, bridge;" Armenian hordan "go forward;" Welsh rhyd "ford;" Old Church Slavonic pariti "to fly;" Old English faran "to go, journey," Old Norse fjörðr "inlet, estuary").
Meaning "left side of a ship" (looking forward from the stern) is attested from 1540s, from notion of "the side facing the harbor" (when a ship is docked). It replaced larboard in common usage to avoid confusion with starboard; officially so by Admiralty order of 1844 and U.S. Navy Department notice of 1846. Figurative sense "place of refuge" is attested from early 15c.; phrase any port in a storm first recorded 1749. A port of call (1810) is one paid a scheduled visit by a ship.
"gateway," Old English port "portal, door, gate, entrance," from Old French porte "gate, entrance," from Latin porta "city gate, gate; door, entrance," from PIE root *per- (see port (n.1)). Specific meaning "porthole, opening in the side of a ship" is attested from c.1300.
"bearing, mien," c.1300, from Old French port, from porter "to carry," from Latin portare (see port (n.1)).
type of sweet dark-red wine, 1690s, shortened from Oporto, city in northwest Portugal from which the wine originally was shipped to England; from O Porto "the port;" (see port (n.1)).
"to carry," from Middle French porter, from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Related: Ported; porting.
- An opening, as in a cylinder or valve face, for the passage of steam or fluid.
- A place where data can pass into or out of a central processing unit, computer, or peripheral. With central processing units, a port is a fixed set of connections for incoming and outgoing data or instructions. With computers and peripherals, a port is generally a socket into which a connector can be plugged.
Idioms and Phrases with port
see any port in a storm.