What does PORT mean?

Definitions for PORTpɔrt, poʊrt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word PORT.

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

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

  12. Origin: [From Oporto, in Portugal, i. e., porto the port, L. portus. See Port harbor.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Port

    pōrt, n. the larboard or left side of a ship.—v.t. to turn to the left, as the helm.—v.i. to turn to larboard or left. [Ety. dub.]

  2. Port

    pōrt, n. martial music on the bagpipes. [Gael.]

  3. Port

    pōrt, n. bearing: demeanour: carriage of the body.—v.t. to hold, as a musket, in a slanting direction upward across the body.—ns. Portabil′ity, Port′ableness, the state of being portable.—adj. Port′able, that may be carried: not bulky or heavy.—ns. Port′age, act of carrying: carriage: price of carriage: a space between two rivers, canals, &c., over which goods and boats have to be carried; Port′ance (Spens.), carriage, bearing.—adjs. Por′tāte (her.), in a position as if being carried; Por′tatile, portable; Por′tative, easily carried.—ns. Port′-cray′on, a metallic handle for holding a crayon; Porte′-bonheur′, a charm carried for luck; Porte′-cochère, a carriage entrance leading from the street into a building; Porte′-mon′naie, a small clasped pocket-book for holding money; Port′-fire, a slow-match or match-cord. [Fr.,—L. portāre, to carry.]

  4. Port

    pōrt, n. a harbour: a haven or safe station for vessels: a place from which vessels start, and at which they finish their voyages.—n. Port′-ad′miral, the admiral commanding at a naval port.—n.pl. Port′-charg′es, payments which a ship has to pay while in harbour.—n. Port′-ward′en, the officer in charge of a port: a harbour-master.—Port of call, a port where vessels can call for stores or repairs; Port of entry, a port where merchandise is allowed by law to enter.—Free port, a port where no duty has to be paid on landing goods. [A.S. port—L. portus; akin to L. porta, a gate.]

  5. Port

    pōrt, n. a gate or entrance, esp. of a walled town: an opening in the side of a ship for light or air: an opening through which guns can be fired: the lid of a porthole: a passage in a machine for oil, steam, &c.—n. Port′age (Shak.), an opening. [Fr. porte—L. porta, gate.]

  6. Port

    pōrt, n. a dark-red wine from Oporto, Portugal.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PORT in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PORT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Forest is the best port of the wise man!

  2. Haiyan Pam:

    Port Vila looks like an absolute bomb has hit it.

  3. Larry Wall:

    It is easier to port a shell than a shell script.

  4. Chris Ford:

    As soon as the port reopens, operations will be back to normal.

  5. Grace Murray Hopper:

    A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

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