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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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 Carnival Fantasy, which is homeported in Mobile, remains on its regular schedule and is set to arrive this weekend in Mobile. al.com, "Carnival re-routes New Orleans-bound cruise ship to Mobile," 11 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No Quantum-class ship has ever home ported in Florida, although the North American market can sail from New York on board Anthem of the Seas including stops at Port Canaveral. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Royal Caribbean sending new Quantum Ultra ship Odyssey of the Seas to Florida," 13 Sep. 2019 The Grand Celebration cruise ship returned to its home port after setting sail Thursday for Freeport, Grand Bahama, to deliver more than 112 tons of supplies and ferry dozens of health workers and emergency crews. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, "Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian’s damage as storm bands reach Nova Scotia," 7 Sep. 2019 The ship returns to its New York home port Sept. 4. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian forces cruise lines to change itineraries," 28 Aug. 2019 Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, will serve as the Indianapolis’ home port. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Navy to commission USS Indianapolis combat ship this fall," 19 July 2019 The boat’s home port is Kodiak, Alaska, but Captain Shaun Andrews and his crew were kind enough to take a trip south to pick us up. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "We Tried it: Tracing a Natural, Sustainable Pet Food to Its Source Out in Alaska's Bering Sea," 25 June 2019 In the digital domain, CMA CGM’s home port of Marseille will soon become the French connection for the globe-circling undersea cable network being built by Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 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

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1940, in the meaning defined above


1794, in the meaning defined above

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