porting

[ pawr-ting, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tɪŋ, ˈpoʊr- /

noun Automotive, Machinery.

the changing of the size, shape, or location of the intake and exhaust ports in an internal-combustion engine, generally to improve performance.

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Origin of porting

First recorded in 1955–60; port4 + -ing1

Definition for porting (2 of 3)

port2
[ pawrt, pohrt ]
/ pɔrt, poʊrt /

noun

the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.

adjective

pertaining to or designating port.
located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft.

verb (used with or without object)

to turn or shift to the port, or left, side.

Origin of port

2
First recorded in 1570–80; special use of port4

Definition for porting (3 of 3)

port5
[ pawrt, pohrt ]
/ pɔrt, poʊrt /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

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 port

5
1560–70; < French porter < Latin portāre to carry; see fare
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British Dictionary definitions for porting (1 of 7)

port1
/ (pɔːt) /

noun

a town or place alongside navigable water with facilities for the loading and unloading of ships

Word Origin for port

Old English, from Latin portus harbour, port

British Dictionary definitions for porting (2 of 7)

port2
/ (pɔːt) /

noun

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)

verb

to turn or be turned towards the port

Word Origin for port

C17: origin uncertain

British Dictionary definitions for porting (3 of 7)

port3
/ (pɔːt) /

noun

a sweet fortified dessert wine

Word Origin for port

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

British Dictionary definitions for porting (4 of 7)

port4
/ (pɔːt) /

noun

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)
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

Word Origin for port

Old English, from Latin porta gate

British Dictionary definitions for porting (5 of 7)

port5
/ (pɔːt) military /

verb

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

noun

this position

Word Origin for port

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

British Dictionary definitions for porting (6 of 7)

port6
/ (pɔːt) /

verb

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

Word Origin for port

C20: probably from port 4

British Dictionary definitions for porting (7 of 7)

port7
/ (pɔːt) /

noun

Australian (esp in Queensland) a suitcase or school case

Word Origin for port

C20: shortened from portmanteau
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Scientific definitions for porting

port
[ pôrt ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with porting

port

see any port in a storm.

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