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port

noun \ ˈpȯrt \

Definition of port

1 : a place where ships may ride secure from storms : haven
2 a : a harbor town or city where ships may take on or discharge cargo
b : airport

Origin and Etymology of port

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

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port

noun

Definition of port

1 chiefly Scotland : gate
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 a : an opening in a vessel's side (as for admitting light or loading cargo)
b archaic : the cover for a porthole
4 : a hole in an armored vehicle or fortification through which guns may be fired
5 : a hardware interface by which a computer is connected to another device (such as a printer, a mouse, or another computer); broadly : jack 4

Origin and Etymology of port

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

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port

noun

Definition of port

1 : the manner of bearing oneself
2 archaic : state 3
3 : the position in which a military weapon is carried at the command port arms

Origin and Etymology of port

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


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port

verb

Definition of port

ported; porting; ports
: to turn or put (a helm) to the left used chiefly as a command

Origin and Etymology of port

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port

noun

Definition of port

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

Origin and Etymology of port

probably from 1port or 2port

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port

adjective

Definition of port

: located on the left side of a ship or airplane looking forward : of, relating to, or situated to port
  • The forward and port staterooms share a head and both feature upper/lower bunks.
  • —Dex Hart

First Known Use of port

1842

in the meaning defined above

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port

noun

Definition of port

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

Origin and Etymology of port

Oporto, Portugal


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port

verb

Definition of port

ported; porting; ports
: to translate (software) into a version for another computer or operating system

Origin and Etymology of port

perhaps from 2port (hardware interface)


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port

abbreviation

Definition of port


Port

abbreviation

Definition of Port



PORT Defined for Kids

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port

noun \ ˈpȯrt \

Definition of port for Students

1 : a town or city with a harbor where ships load or unload cargo
  • Miami is a major United States port.
2 : a place (as a harbor) where ships can find shelter from a storm

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port

noun

Definition of port for Students

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

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port

noun

Definition of port for Students

: the left side of a ship or airplane looking forward

Medical Dictionary

port

noun \ ˈpȯrt \

medical Definition of port

: an opening, passage, or channel through which something can be introduced into the body: as
a : 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 blood
b : an incision (as one made between intercostal spaces) for passing a medical instrument (as an endoscope) into the body


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