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.
- portless, adjective
Other definitions for port (2 of 6)
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.
Other definitions for port (3 of 6)
any of a class of very sweet wines, mostly dark-red, originally from Portugal.
Other definitions for port (4 of 6)
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.
Other definitions for port (5 of 6)
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.
Computers. to rewrite the source code of (a program) in a different programming language, or modify it to run on a different hardware platform or operating system (sometimes followed by over): The publisher is porting several classic games to next-generation consoles.Our test suite may be useful if you are modifying the compiler, or porting it to a new system.
Military. the position of a rifle or other weapon when ported.
Digital Technology, Computers. a version of an existing program, such as a video game, written to run on a different platform or operating system.
Archaic. manner of bearing oneself; carriage or deportment.
Other definitions for Port. (6 of 6)
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How to use port in a sentence
In a large pot over medium heat, warm the pear nectar and port.This cocktail can keep you warm around the fire pit — and you can make it there, too | M. Carrie Allan | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Border officials have also been able to start immediately turning back asylum-seekers, including minors, who try to cross between ports of entry.Border Report: ‘They Can’t Continue Like This in Mexico’ | Maya Srikrishnan | November 17, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
It’s easy to think that you’re playing a “remastered” or “ultimate” port for PlayStation 5.‘Ghost of Tsushima’ sees the best kind of PlayStation 5 upgrade: transformative and free | Gene Park | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Instead, head deep inside the port itself and grab one of the makeshift tables.
Another longtime feature improvement Apple didn’t address is the number of ports.MacBooks get new brains with their first Apple-designed processors | Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
They will remain anonymous, and will be stationed behind a gun-ported brick wall in the execution chamber.
Davies brandished his left arm furiously; I ported hard, and we were in smoother water.The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
She ported her helm to ram; but "E 31," being inside her turning circle, was missed by fifty yards.The Story of Our Submarines | John Graham Bower
With arms ported and marching as if on parade we enter at last into the promised land.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914 | Maurice Genevoix
She ported her helm and kept close along shore until she passed the Quarantine anchorage, then she headed straight for New York.'The Submarine in War and Peace | Simon Lake
She had ported helm, and was circling, with the evident intention of closing with the submarine.A Sub and a Submarine | Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for port (1 of 8)
a town or place alongside navigable water with facilities for the loading and unloading of ships
See port of entry
British Dictionary definitions for port (2 of 8)
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
British Dictionary definitions for port (3 of 8)
a sweet fortified dessert wine
British Dictionary definitions for port (4 of 8)
an opening in the side of a ship, fitted with a watertight door, for access to the holds
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
British Dictionary definitions for port (5 of 8)
(tr) to carry (a rifle, etc) in a position diagonally across the body with the muzzle near the left shoulder
British Dictionary definitions for port (6 of 8)
(tr) computing to change (programs) from one system to another
British Dictionary definitions for port (7 of 8)
Australian (esp in Queensland) a suitcase or school case
British Dictionary definitions for Port. (8 of 8)
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Scientific definitions for port
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.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with port
see any port in a storm.
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