home·​port | \ ˈhōm-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce homeport (audio) \
homeported; homeporting; homeports

Definition of homeport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or assign to a home port

home port


Definition of home port (Entry 2 of 2)

: the port from which a ship hails or from which it is documented

Examples of homeport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Transportation Department said the ship is homeported in the state and offers cruise itineraries that keep it in the Hawaiian islands. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus: 13 Coral Princess guests stuck aboard; 6 infected on Norwegian Pride of America," 9 Apr. 2020 Royal Caribbean canceled eight China sailings through March 4 on its Spectrum of the Seas ship, the cruiseliner's only vessel homeported in the country, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "Going on a cruise? Here's how the coronavirus will change your trip," 7 Feb. 2020 The Scandies Rose, a 130-foot vessel, sank near Sutwik Island, which is around 400 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, where the ship is homeported, the Coast Guard said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Coast Guard searching for 5 people missing after fishing boat sinks off Alaska," 2 Jan. 2020 The vessel has been identified as the F/V Leonardo, a scalloper homeported in New Bedford. BostonGlobe.com, "The Coast Guard continues to search the waters off Martha’s Vineyard Monday for three fishermen missing from a New Bedford scalloper that apparently capsized and sank Sunday night.," 25 Nov. 2019 The cutters Alert, Robert Ward and Seneca are homeported in Astoria, Ore.; San Pedro, Calif.; and Boston, respectively. Fox News, "Coast Guard seizes $92M worth of cocaine," 18 Oct. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Rep. Derek Kilmer once said the pier project would allow all three Navy Seawolf-class submarines to be homeported in Bangor. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Pentagon takes $89 million from pier project at Naval Base Kitsap to help fund border wall," 5 Sep. 2019 Panorama will be the first new ship to homeport in Southern California in more than two decades. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "More ships will sail from Southern California to Mexico starting in fall," 16 Aug. 2019 The Munro, homeported in Alameda, in Northern California, is tasked with seizing drugs in international waters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ship, whose home port is San Francisco, was quarantined outside the Golden Gate for days in March before being allowed to dock and discharge its passengers in Oakland. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: June 2-3," 4 June 2020 Departures from other home ports in North America and Australia are canceled through Aug. 31, and other pauses will last even longer. Jonathan Levin, Fortune, "Would you book a cruise for $28 a night? Carnival bets on budget travelers for planned August 1 restart," 4 May 2020 Cruises from other home ports in North America and Australia are canceled through Aug. 31, and other pauses will last even longer. Jonathan Levin / Bloomberg, Time, "Carnival Cruise Line Announces Plan to Resume U.S. Sailings in August," 4 May 2020 Triton left her home port in New London, Connecticut, on February 16, 1960 and proceeded on a path largely inspired by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "60 Years Ago, a Submerged Submarine Circled the Globe for the First Time," 25 Apr. 2020 The ship is expected to be back in its home port in Virginia as early as the end of the month, defense officials said. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "USNS Comfort Plans Departure, Signaling Military’s Waning Coronavirus Role," 24 Apr. 2020 The strike group had been on its way back to its home port in Norfolk, Va., after a five-month deployment. John Ismay, New York Times, "U.S. Sailors’ New Reality: Confinement on Land and at Sea," 22 Apr. 2020 And the Pacific Princess will return to its home port in Los Angeles on Monday with 115 passengers aboard. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Passengers Aboard the Only Three Cruise Ships Remaining at Sea Are Finally Disembarking Today," 20 Apr. 2020 Other passengers were left stranded thousands of miles from home port and faced logistical difficulties getting home as travel options dwindled. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Carnival, Princess cruise lines extend cancellations through end of June," 14 Apr. 2020

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1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Homeport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeport. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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