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Meaning of port by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /poʊɹt/, /pɔːɹt/, /pɔːt/, SAMPA: /poUr\t/, /pO:r\t/, /pO:t/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )t

    Etymology 1

    Old English port, from Latin portus ( “port, harbour” ) .


    port ( plural: ports )

    1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers .
    2. A town or city containing such a place .
    3. ( nautical, uncountable ) The left-hand side of a vessel, including aircraft, when one is facing the front. Port does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft .
    Derived terms


    port ( not comparable )

    1. ( nautical ) Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel .
      on the port side

    Etymology 2

    From Latin porta ( “passage, gate” ), reinforced in Middle English from Old French porte .


    port ( plural: ports )

    1. ( obsolete, except Scots ) An entryway or gate; a portal .
      Him I accuse/The city ports by this hath enter'd — Shakespeare, Coriolanus ( 1623 ), V.vi .
      And from their ivory port the Cherubim,/Forth issuing at the accustomed hour, — Milton, Paradise Lost ( 1667 ), book IV
    2. An opening or doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; an embrasure through which a cannon may be discharged; a porthole .
      ...her ports being within sixteen inches of the water... — Sir W. Raleigh
    3. ( curling, bowls ) A space between two stones wide enough for a delivered stone or bowl to pass through .
    4. An opening where a connection ( such as a pipe ) is made .
    5. ( computing ) A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred. Computer port ( hardware ) on Wikipedia .
    6. ( computing ) A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    From Old French porter < Latin portare ( “carry” ). Akin to transport, portable .


    to port ( third-person singular simple present ports present participle porting, simple past and past participle ported )

    1. ( obsolete ) To carry, bear, or transport. See porter .
      They are easily ported by boat into other shires. — Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England
    2. ( military ) To hold or carry ( a weapon ) with both hands so that it lays diagonally across the front of the body, with the barrel or similar part near the left shoulder and the right hand grasping the small of the stock; or, to throw ( the weapon ) into this position on command .
      Port arms!
      ...the angelic squadron...began to hem him round with ported spears. — Milton, Paradise Lost ( 1667 ), book IV
    3. ( computing, video games ) To adapt, modify, or create a new version of, a program so that it works on a different platform; to adapt a console video game title to be sold and played on another brand of console. Porting ( computing ) on Wikipedia .
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    port ( plural: ports )

    1. Something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wicks in candle-making .
    2. ( archaic ) The manner in which a person carries himself; bearing; deportment; carriage. See also portance.
    3. ( military ) The position of a weapon when ported; a rifle position executed by throwing the weapon diagonally across the front of the body, with the right hand grasping the small of the stock and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder .
    4. ( computing ) A program that has been adapted, modified, or recoded so that it works on a different platform from the one for which it was created; the act of this adapting .
      Gamers can't wait until a port of the title is released on the new system .
      The latest port of the database software is the worst since we made the changeover .
    5. ( computing ) ( FreeBSD ) A set of files used to build and install a binary executable file from the source code of an application .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 4

    Named from Oporto, a city in Portugal from whence the wines were originally shipped .


    port ( plural: ports )

    1. A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal .

    Etymology 5

    Abbreviation of portmanteau .


    port ( plural: ports )

    1. ( Australian, colloquial ) A schoolbag or suitcase .


    Latin portus


    port m .

    1. port ( for watercraft )

Explanation of port by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. drink port

    3. We were porting all in the club after dinner
    4. carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons

    5. port a rifle
    6. carry, bear, convey, or bring

    7. The small canoe could be ported easily
    8. turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship

    9. The big ship was slowly porting
    10. land at or reach a port

    11. The ship finally ported
    12. bring to port

    13. the captain ported the ship at night
    14. put or turn on the left side, of a ship

    15. port the helm
    1. located on the left side of a ship or aircraft

    1. 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 )

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

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

    4. sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal

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

    Definition of port by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Larboard n. [Lar- is of uncertain origin, possibly the same as lower, i. e., humbler in rank, because the starboard side is considered by mariners as higher in rank; cf. D. laag low, akin to E. low. See Board, n., 8.] ( Naut. ) The left-hand side of a ship to one on board facing toward the bow; port; -- opposed to starboard.

      ☞ Larboard is a nearly obsolete term, having been superseded by port to avoid liability of confusion with starboard, owing to similarity of sound.

    2. Port n. [From Oporto, in Portugal, i. e., porto the port, L. portus. See Port harbor.] A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol.

    3. Port, n. [AS. port, L. portus: cf. F. port. See Farm, v., Ford, and 1st, 3d, & 4h Port.]
      1. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used also figuratively.

      Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads. Shak.

      We are in port if we have Thee. Keble.

      2. 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.

      Free port. See under Free. -- Port bar. ( Naut, ) A boom. See Boom, 4, also Bar, 3. A bar, as of sand, at the mouth of, or in, a port. -- Port charges ( Com. ), charges, as wharfage, etc., to which a ship or its cargo is subjected in a harbor. -- Port of entry, a harbor where a customhouse is established for the legal entry of merchandise. -- Port toll ( Law ), a payment made for the privilege of bringing goods into port. -- Port warden, the officer in charge of a port; a harbor master.

    4. Port n. [F. porte, L. porta, akin to portus; cf. AS. porte, fr. L. porta. See Port a harbor, and cf. Porte.]
      1. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal. [Archaic]

      Him I accuse

      The city ports by this hath entered. Shak.

      Form their ivory port the cherubim

      Forth issuing. Milton.

      2. ( Naut. ) 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.

      Her ports being within sixteen inches of the water. Sir W. Raleigh.

      3. ( Mach. ) 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.

      Air port, Bridle port, etc. See under Air, Bridle, etc. -- Port bar ( Naut. ), a bar to secure the ports of a ship in a gale. -- Port lid ( Naut. ), a lid or hanging for closing the portholes of a vessel. -- Steam port, and Exhaust port ( Steam Engine ), the ports of the cylinder communicating with the valve or valves, for the entrance or exit of the steam, respectively.

    5. Port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ported; p. pr. & vb. n. Porting.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See Port demeanor.]
      1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.]

      They are easily ported by boat into other shires. Fuller.

      2. ( Mil. ) 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”.

      Began to hem him round with ported spears. Milton.

      Port arms, a position in the manual of arms, executed as above.

    6. Port, n. [F. port, fr. porter to carry, L. portare, prob. akin to E. fare, v. See Port harbor, and cf. Comport, Export, Sport.] The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, “a proud port”. [archaic] Spenser.

      And of his port as meek as is a maid. Chaucer.

      The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port in the world. South.

    7. Port, n. [Etymology uncertain.] ( Naut. ) 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.

    8. Port, v. t. ( Naut. ) 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”.