Definition of row port in English:

row port

noun

Nautical
historical
  • Any of a row of holes near the waterline in the side of a small sailing ship, to allow for the use of oars in calm weather.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Lloyd's Evening Post. From row + port. Compare Dutch roei-poort, German Rojepforte (both 1798 or earlier), Swedish ro-port, and also Middle Dutch roeygat (Dutch roeigat). Compare earlier rowlock.

Pronunciation

row port

/ˈrəʊ pɔːt/