port

1
[pawrt, pohrt]
noun
  1. a city, town, or other place where ships load or unload.
  2. a place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor.
  3. 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.
  4. a geographical area that forms a harbor: the largest port on the eastern seaboard.
  5. Informal. an airport.

Origin of port

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin portus harbor, haven; akin to ford
Related formsport·less, adjective

Synonyms for port

2. anchorage. See harbor.
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British Dictionary definitions for portless

port

1
noun
  1. a town or place alongside navigable water with facilities for the loading and unloading of ships
  2. See port of entry

Word Origin for port

Old English, from Latin portus harbour, port

port

2
noun
  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)
verb
  1. to turn or be turned towards the port

Word Origin for port

C17: origin uncertain

port

3
noun
  1. a sweet fortified dessert wine

Word Origin for port

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

port

4
noun
  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 for port

Old English, from Latin porta gate

port

5
verb
  1. (tr) to carry (a rifle, etc) in a position diagonally across the body with the muzzle near the left shoulder
noun
  1. this position

Word Origin for port

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

port

6
verb
  1. (tr) computing to change (programs) from one system to another

Word Origin for port

C20: probably from port 4

port

7
noun
  1. Australian (esp in Queensland) a suitcase or school case

Word Origin for port

C20: shortened from portmanteau
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Word Origin and History for portless

port

n.1

"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.

port

n.2

"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.

port

n.3

"bearing, mien," c.1300, from Old French port, from porter "to carry," from Latin portare (see port (n.1)).

port

n.4

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)).

port

v.

"to carry," from Middle French porter, from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Related: Ported; porting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

portless in Science

port

[pôrt]
  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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Idioms and Phrases with portless

port

see any port in a storm.

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