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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

port*pɔrt, poʊrt(n.)

  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. any place where imported goods may be received into a country subject to inspection by customs officials. any place where travelers or immigrants may enter a country.

    Category: Law

    Ref: Also called port of entry.

  4. a geographical area that forms a harbor.

* Syn: See harbor.

Origin of port:

bef. 900; ME, OE < L portus harbor, haven; akin to ford

portpɔrt, poʊrt(n.)

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

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. (v.i.)to turn or shift to the port, or left, side.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of port:

1570–80; perh. identical with port1

portpɔrt, poʊrt(n.)

  1. a very sweet, usu. dark red, fortified wine, orig. from Portugal.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of port:

1695–95; earlier Oporto wine, (Port) OPort wine < Pg OportoOporto , through which Portuguese wines are shipped

portpɔrt, poʊrt(n.)

  1. an opening in the side or other exterior part of a ship for admitting air and light or for taking on cargo.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Nautical, Navy

    Ref: Compare porthole (def. 1). 1

  2. an aperture in the surface of a cylinder, as in machinery, for the passage of steam, air, water, etc.

    Category: Machinery

  3. a small aperture in an armored vehicle, aircraft, or fortification through which a gun can be fired or a camera directed.

  4. a data connection in a computer to which a peripheral device or a transmission line from a remote terminal can be attached.

    Category: Computers

  5. Chiefly Scot. a gate or portal, as to a town or fortress.

  6. (v.t.)to create a new version of (an application program) to run on a different hardware platform (sometimes fol. by over).

    Category: Computers

Origin of port:

bef. 950; ME, OE < L porta gate; akin to portusport1

portpɔrt, poʊrt(v.t.)

  1. to carry (a rifle or other weapon) in the port arms position.

    Category: Military

Origin of port:

1560–70; < F porter < L portāre to carry; see fare


  1. Portugal.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Portuguese.

    Category: Peoples

Princeton's WordNet

  1. port(noun)

    a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country

  2. port, port wine(noun)

    sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal

  3. port, embrasure, porthole(noun)

    an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

  4. larboard, port(noun)

    the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose

  5. interface, port(adj)

    (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals)

  6. port, larboard(verb)

    located on the left side of a ship or aircraft

  7. port(verb)

    put or turn on the left side, of a ship

    "port the helm"

  8. port(verb)

    bring to port

    "the captain ported the ship at night"

  9. port(verb)

    land at or reach a port

    "The ship finally ported"

  10. port(verb)

    turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship

    "The big ship was slowly porting"

  11. port(verb)

    carry, bear, convey, or bring

    "The small canoe could be ported easily"

  12. port(verb)

    carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons

    "port a rifle"

  13. port(verb)

    drink port

    "We were porting all in the club after dinner"

  14. port(verb)

    modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. port(noun)ɔrt, poʊrt

    an area of water in a coastal city where boats and ships come in from the ocean

    a fishing port; the port authorities; the historic port of Liverpool; The ship is in port for repairs.

  2. portɔrt, poʊrt

    a strong wine drunk at the end of a meal

    a glass of port

Webster Dictionary

  1. Port(noun)

    a dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol

  2. Port

    a place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used also figuratively

  3. Port

    in law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages

  4. Port(noun)

    a passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal

  5. Port(noun)

    an opening in the side of a vessel; an embrasure through which cannon may be discharged; a porthole; also, the shutters which close such an opening

  6. Port(noun)

    a passageway in a machine, through which a fluid, as steam, water, etc., may pass, as from a valve to the interior of the cylinder of a steam engine; an opening in a valve seat, or valve face

  7. Port(verb)

    to carry; to bear; to transport

  8. Port(verb)

    to throw, as a musket, diagonally across the body, with the lock in front, the right hand grasping the small of the stock, and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder; as, to port arms

  9. Port(noun)

    the manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, a proud port

  10. Port(noun)

    the larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern toward the bow); as, a vessel heels to port. See Note under Larboard. Also used adjectively

  11. Port(verb)

    to turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; -- said of the helm, and used chiefly in the imperative, as a command; as, port your helm


  1. Port

    A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter from wind and waves. Ports with deeper water are rarer, but can handle larger, more economical ships. Since ports throughout history handled every kind of traffic, support and storage facilities vary widely, may extend for miles, and dominate the local economy. Some ports have an important military role.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PORT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3260

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PORT' in Nouns Frequency: #1101

Translations for PORT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually without a or the ) a harbour

The ship came into port; We reached port next morning.

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