What does port mean?

Definitions for port
pɔrt, poʊrtport

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. port

    An old Anglo-Saxon word still in full use. It strictly means a place of resort for vessels, adjacent to an emporium of commerce, where cargoes are bought and sold, or laid up in warehouses, and where there are docks for shipping. It is not quite a synonym of harbour, since the latter does not imply traffic. Vessels hail from the port they have quitted, but they are compelled to have the name of the vessel and of the port to which they belong painted on the bow or stern.--Port is also in a legal sense a refuge more or less protected by points and headlands, marked out by limits, and may be resorted to as a place of safety, though there are many ports but rarely entered. The left side of the ship is called port, by admiralty order, in preference to larboard, as less mistakeable in sound for starboard.--To port the helm. So to move the tiller as to carry the rudder to the starboard side of the stern-post.--Bar-port. One which can only be entered when the tide rises sufficiently to afford depth over a bar; this in many cases only occurs at spring-tides.--Close-port. One within the body of a city, as that of Rhodes, Venice, Amsterdam, &c.--Free-port. One open and free of all duties for merchants of all nations to load and unload their vessels, as the ports of Genoa and Leghorn. Also, a term used for a total exemption of duties which any set of merchants enjoy, for goods imported into a state, or those exported of the growth of the country. Such was the privilege the English enjoyed for several years after their discovery of the port of Archangel, and which was taken from them on account of the regicide in 1648.

Editors Contribution

  1. port

    A location on a coast.

    The port was accessible and functioned effectively.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 18, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Port

    The native wine of Portugal, shipped from Oporto.

British National Corpus

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of port in a Sentence

  1. President Ernest Bai Koroma:

    I have instructed the security to institute chiefdom-level curfew and restriction on movement from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Kambia and Port Loko districts, with immediate effect.

  2. Chris Ford:

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

  3. Celebrity Cruises:

    This decision was made with the safety of our guests and crew at the forefront of our minds and in an abundance of caution, we realize this may have an impact on your travel plans and our team is working now on available alternative arrangements from this new port of embark and debarkation. We sincerely apologize for the impact on your cruise and will revert throughout the day with more details. We understand how important your vacation is and we did not take this decision lightly.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The universe we are living in is not suitable for waiting for anything! Stop waiting and leave your port!

  5. Sune Gudnitz:

    The challenge of getting things out, whether it's people or goods, remains. We want to avoid creating a bottleneck in Port Vila so we very quickly need to work out a plan for getting things out.

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