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  1. the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
  1. pertaining to or designating port.
  2. located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to turn or shift to the port, or left, side.

Origin of port2

First recorded in 1570–80; special use of port4


[pawrt, pohrt]
verb (used with object)
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. Military. the position of a rifle or other weapon when ported.
  2. Digital Technology. a version of an existing video game published for a different console or device.
  3. Archaic. manner of bearing oneself; carriage or deportment.

Origin of port5

1560–70; < French porter < Latin portāre to carry; see fare
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  1. a town or place alongside navigable water with facilities for the loading and unloading of ships
  2. See port of entry

Word Origin

Old English, from Latin portus harbour, port


  1. Also called (formerly): larboard
    1. the left side of an aircraft or vessel when facing the nose or bow
    2. (as modifier)the port bow Compare starboard (def. 1)
  1. to turn or be turned towards the port

Word Origin

C17: origin uncertain


  1. a sweet fortified dessert wine

Word Origin

C17: after Oporto, Portugal, from where it came originally


  1. nautical
    1. an opening in the side of a ship, fitted with a watertight door, for access to the holds
    2. See porthole (def. 1)
  2. a small opening in a wall, armoured vehicle, etc, for firing through
  3. an aperture, esp one controlled by a valve, by which fluid enters or leaves the cylinder head of an engine, compressor, etc
  4. electronics a logic circuit for the input and ouput of data
  5. mainly Scot a gate or portal in a town or fortress

Word Origin

Old English, from Latin porta gate


  1. (tr) to carry (a rifle, etc) in a position diagonally across the body with the muzzle near the left shoulder
  1. this position

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, from porter to carry, from Latin portāre


  1. (tr) computing to change (programs) from one system to another

Word Origin

C20: probably from port 4


  1. Australian (esp in Queensland) a suitcase or school case

Word Origin

C20: shortened from portmanteau
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Word Origin and History for ported



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ported in Science


  1. An opening, as in a cylinder or valve face, for the passage of steam or fluid.
  2. 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.
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