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

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The ship will be homeported in Seattle for the summer season and is the largest to dock on the West Coast at 1,138-feet long. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "Take a peek aboard a new arrival in Seattle for the Alaskan cruise fleet," 31 May 2019 So in the winter, 14 vessels started homeporting in San Juan — four more than the previous season. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Two monster hurricanes battered these Caribbean islands. Now, they’re back in business | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Beginning in November, the ship will homeport in Miami's new Terminal A, sailing south on seven-night eastern and western Caribbean itineraries. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "World's biggest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, will set sail in Europe," 29 Mar. 2018 Plans call for an additional 15 ships to be homeported here by 2025 — bringing the total from 57 to 72. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "Experts discuss economy at annual 'State of the Region'," 28 Feb. 2018 The Navy's Philippine Sea is a Flight II Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser homeported in Mayport, Florida; the Coast Guard's Jacob Poroo is a Sentinel-class fast response cutter assigned to Pascagoula. AL.com, "Mobile welcomes two Mardi Gras ships," 6 Feb. 2018 She's homeported at Rota since 2014, and has been harassed by aggressive Russian Su-24 aircraft. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What a U.S.-Russian War in Syria Could Look Like," 9 Oct. 2015 Plus, two of the ships homeported in Japan, the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S McCain, were damaged in collisions earlier this year, reducing the functional fleet size to 14. Philip H. Devoe, National Review, "The Case for Preemptive Defense and Offense in the North Korean Chess Match," 23 Sep. 2017 In November 2003, the Cole, which homeports in Norfolk, Va., was returned to active service. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "U.S.S. Cole Headlines Maritime Festival," 6 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Disney Wonder will finish its Alaska service, head to San Diego and then home port in Galveston, Texas. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Cruise Line announces fall 2020 deployment," 6 June 2019 Meanwhile, the second of the class, USS Michael Monsoor, arrived at its future home port of San Diego, California. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 Miracle will be be-positioning to another home port that has not yet been named. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Newly revamped Carnival Cruise Line ship to make Tampa home," 9 May 2018 McCain's office announced the senator's addition to the ship's name on Wednesday evening, following a ceremony aboard the USS John S. McCain in Yokosuka, Japan, her home port. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "U.S. Navy names destroyer after Sen. John McCain," 11 July 2018 In 2007, a U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the strait on its way to home port in Japan, a route Washington described then as a safety move due to weather. Ralph Jennings, latimes.com, "U.S. warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China," 8 July 2018 The ship, Mariner of the Seas, left from its home port of Miami for its first voyage on Monday. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Aims to Appeal to Millennials with Shorter Trips and More Entertainment," 26 June 2018 In January, inspectors with the Center for Disease Control’s Vessel Sanitation Program gave a rare failing score to the Carnival Triumph, which home ports in New Orleans. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "See sanitation scores for 7 cruise ships based in or coming to New Orleans," 1 Feb. 2018 The 99,500-ton vessel will head to northern Europe in April 2019 and home port in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "March route roundup: Where cruise lines are adding sailings," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of homeport


1940, in the meaning defined above


1794, in the meaning defined above

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