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port

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noun \ˈpȯrt\

Definition of port

  1. 1 :  a place where ships may ride secure from storms :  haven

  2. 2 a :  a harbor town or city where ships may take on or discharge cargo b :  airport

  3. 3 :  port of entry



Origin of port

Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French, from Latin portus — more at ford


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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port

noun

Definition of port

  1. 1 chiefly Scottish :  gate

  2. 2 a :  an opening (as in a valve seat or valve face) for intake or exhaust of a fluid b :  the area of opening in a cylinder face of a passageway for the working fluid in an engine; also :  such a passageway c :  a small opening in a container or vessel especially for viewing or for the controlled passage of material <access port>

  3. 3 a :  an opening in a vessel's side (as for admitting light or loading cargo) b archaic :  the cover for a porthole

  4. 4 :  a hole in an armored vehicle or fortification through which guns may be fired

  5. 5 :  a hardware interface by which a computer is connected to another device (as a printer, a mouse, or another computer); broadly :  jack 8



Origin of port

Middle English porte, from Anglo-French, gate, door, from Latin porta passage, gate; akin to Latin portus port


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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port

noun

Definition of port

  1. 1 :  the manner of bearing oneself

  2. 2 archaic :  state 3

  3. 3 :  the position in which a military weapon is carried at the command port arms



Origin of port

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from porter to carry, from Latin portare


First Known Use: 14th century


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port

verb

Definition of port

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to turn or put (a helm) to the left —used chiefly as a command



Origin of port

5port


First Known Use: 1580

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port

noun

Definition of port

  1. :  the left side of a ship or aircraft looking forward —called also larboard — compare starboard

port adjective


Origin of port

probably from 1port or 2port


First Known Use: circa 1644

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port

noun

Definition of port

  1. :  a sweet fortified wine of rich taste and aroma made in Portugal; also :  a similar wine made elsewhere



Origin of port

Oporto, Portugal


First Known Use: 1691

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port

verb

Definition of port

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to translate (software) into a version for another computer or operating system



Origin of port

perhaps from 2port (hardware interface)


First Known Use: 1984


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port

abbreviation

Definition of port




Port

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PORT Defined for Kids

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port

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noun \ˈpȯrt\

Definition of port for Students

  1. 1 :  a town or city with a harbor where ships load or unload cargo <Miami is a major United States port.>

  2. 2 :  a place (as a harbor) where ships can find shelter from a storm




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port

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noun

Definition of port for Students

  1. 1 :  an opening (as in machinery) for gas, steam, or water to go in or out

  2. 2 :  porthole




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port

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noun

Definition of port for Students

  1. :  the left side of a ship or airplane looking forward




Medical Dictionary

port

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noun \ˈpȯrt\

Medical Definition of port

  1. :  an opening, passage, or channel through which something can be introduced into the body: asa:  a small medical device (as of plastic or titanium) that is implanted below the skin, is attached to a catheter typically inserted into a blood vessel, and has a small opening through which a needle can be inserted to administer fluids or drugs or withdraw bloodb:  an incision (as one made between intercostal spaces) for passing a medical instrument (as an endoscope) into the body





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