port

1
[ pawrt, pohrt ]
/ pɔrt, poʊrt /

noun

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 port

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin portus harbor, haven; akin to ford

SYNONYMS FOR port

OTHER WORDS FROM port

port·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for portless (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 portless (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 portless (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 portless (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 portless (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 portless (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 portless (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 portless

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 portless

port

see any port in a storm.

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