Main definitions of port in English

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port1

noun

  • 1A town or city with a harbor where ships load or unload, especially one where customs officers are stationed.

    • ‘A watchful eye is constantly kept by the patrol on the waters outside the base port.’
    • ‘There wasn't much food or water outside the main port cities where the Guild happens to have auction houses.’
    • ‘These are the two main navigable waterways leading to ports in Iraq.’
    • ‘From here the view over the city, the old port and the old town, down to the sea are stupendous.’
    • ‘Once the pair found a suitable location, they used the ice as a berth - there are not too many major ports or harbours in this inhospitable part of the world.’
    • ‘Beginning on July 1, 1999, ships entering American ports from foreign waters will have to report whether they have exchanged ballast offshore.’
    • ‘Approaching the fine port cities from the water puts them in a far more favourable light than arriving by road or through an airport.’
    • ‘Voting patterns suggest that market towns, such as ports and cities located on rivers, favored penitentiaries.’
    • ‘It was centred on Garden Island Sydney but involved ports and civilian harbour controllers around Australia.’
    • ‘In Roman times there was a port and market town a little further north, at Caistor, and a small fort at Burgh Castle; these were later abandoned.’
    • ‘I like the heritage aspect - that from day one Sydney Harbour was a working port and the city's commercial lifeline to the world.’
    • ‘Some of the market towns and ports had a local prosperity but none, with the exception of Durham, was given representation in Parliament.’
    • ‘The ship's diving team took the opportunity to progress continuation training in the pristine 31 degrees Celsius waters around the port.’
    • ‘The yachts sailed from Sydney up the east coast to Townsville, stopping at the ports of Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Bundaberg and Mackay and returned along the same route.’
    • ‘Over 33 ships are waiting at Colombian ports to load and unload cargo.’
    • ‘In the fourteenth century the limits of agricultural expansion had been reached in East Anglia and there were now a much larger number of market towns and ports competing for trade.’
    • ‘Floating cranes are used to load and unload non-self-sustaining containerships at ports that do not have gantry cranes.’
    • ‘Cape Town is a working port, but the waterfront area is one of the city's major attractions - evidenced by the profusion of shops, bars and restaurants there.’
    • ‘In port cities and beach towns on the Indian Ocean, people were moving through the dark Monday, moving away from the water.’
    • ‘British agents developed a one-man midget submarine specifically to target enemy shipping anchored in ports or inshore waters.’
    seaport, port city, port town
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    1. 1.1A harbor.
      ‘the port has miles of docks’
      [as modifier] ‘an abundant water supply and port facilities’
      • ‘At least 65 of the electricity transmission towers supplying the port of Umm Qasr and the southern oilfields have been destroyed.’
      • ‘They are now about 120 miles from the key port of San Pedro on the south coast.’
      • ‘Top priority went to a planned link road between the port of Heysham and the M6 motorway, but that scheme has run into major planning difficulties that have stopped it dead.’
      • ‘The project will focus on six ports including Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and Fishguard in Pembrokeshire and Rosslare, Waterford and New Ross in South East Ireland.’
      • ‘Proposals to construct a 12-mile causeway between the ports of Barrow and Heysham were this week submitted to Lancaster City and Barrow Borough Councils.’
      • ‘The wood is transported from the forests to the port of Ardrishaig by road and then south by sea, sometimes via Campbeltown to pick up timber, to Ayr and onto the buyer.’
      • ‘The bank said the project will focus on road repairs, restoring electricity and expanding the port of the East Timor capital Dili.’
      • ‘It was true that sea going craft were not so often seen at York staithes as they once were, but many steamers plied from the Humber to the walls of York, and York was still an open port, though 80 miles from the sea.’
      • ‘Jenny can remember back to the 1930s, a time when Harbourville was a bustling port.’
      • ‘According to the military report, Blanco was killed on September 13 and his body thrown into the sea on the same day 10 miles from the port of San Antonio.’
      • ‘Two other rockets were fired from the same warehouse, which is located in the hills on Aqaba's northern edge about five miles from the port.’
      • ‘The mammoth task will see the girls swim an amazing 21 miles from the port of Folkestone for another British landing on the beaches of Normandy at Cap Gris Nez.’
      • ‘Over the past four years, Namibia has invested significantly in upgrading the port at Walvis Bay and to a lesser extent, at Lüderitz.’
      • ‘Our call was in the nearby port facility of Puerto Cones, which served as a launching point for excursions to the nearby Mayan ruins.’
      • ‘The famous five-star resort used to get its internationally renowned shellfish from local fishermen who brought in fresh supplies daily from local ports such as Girvan.’
      • ‘Speaking of Umm Qasr, work continues on the upgrade of the port facilities.’
      • ‘The special facilities, which could be drained to allow repairs on ships' hulls, have been closed and the heavy machinery dismantled and moved to Liverpool's port.’
      • ‘A short distance before Banyas, once a Phoenician port, 34 miles south of Latakia, we saw the enormous citadel of Marqab towering atop a mountain.’
      • ‘We want to paddle about 120 miles from the sugar port of Caibarién, on the central north coast, westward to a tourist resort called Varadero.’
      • ‘It took more than four weeks for the container to reach Iquique, a Chilean port about 150 miles south of Arica.’
    2. 1.2An inland town or city whose connection to the coast by a river or other body of water enables it to act as a port.
      • ‘Our two air bases, our munitions depot and inland port made us a top priority for a foe intent on crippling the country's capacities.’
      • ‘Every year some of the 300 tonnes of cargo brought into Montreal's 12-mile inland port gets into the hands of criminal gangs.’
      • ‘‘It will copper fasten Portlaoise's position as a key transport node or inland port,’ said Mr Riordan.’
      • ‘In 1929, when its massive art deco Central Station was built, Buffalo was the country's largest inland port, a hive of industry and enterprise-America's ‘City of Lights’ powered by nearby Niagara Falls.’
      • ‘The development site would have taken in approximately 13 acres of lands in close proximity to the council's 250-acre inland port site.’
      • ‘THE WA Department of Planning and Infrastructure will investigate the concept of an inland port and conveyor belt transport system.’
      • ‘These networks were based on the ports and market towns of the region.’
      • ‘Goole is the most inland port on the Humber, visited by ocean going vessels and providing a sea, rail, road and canal interchange for several million tonnes of freight a year.’
      • ‘Situated at the lowest point bridgeable on the Severn, it was long an important inland port.’
      • ‘Duisburg was once the biggest inland port in Europe.’
      • ‘This interchange will deliver the National Spatial Strategy which positions Laois and Portlaoise as a transport node and inland port.’
      • ‘The SPC report claims the development of the inland port is ‘consistent with the Government's environmental objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as stated in the ‘Action for Air’ policy document’.’
      • ‘It shows Kingston's riverside in the 1350s, and looking at it wafts me back to the time when Kingston was a thriving inland port with a substantial boat-building industry.’
      • ‘The town re-emerged in later Saxon times when, politically, it was part of the Danelaw, and by the late C10 was a flourishing inland port and town.’
      • ‘Bolton's development as an inland port began in earnest when the Ministry of Food started its ‘buffer’ depots, to which food could be transported from the dangerous areas of the docks, and kept in comparable safety.’
      • ‘A barge transportation system has made Lewiston, Idaho - 450 miles from the Pacific Ocean - into a major inland port.’
      • ‘The city, on the Vistula River, was an important inland port in the Hanseatic League.’
      • ‘The biggest shock of all was that the photos had been taken less than 50 years ago in Pittsburgh, which at that time was both the largest inland port in America and the biggest producer of iron, steel and coal.’
      • ‘From there the town had access to the ports on Erie, Ontario, and through those, the waterways throughout the kingdom.’
      • ‘Mr Morrison's dilemma is that there is virtually no space to expand, so the director of our largest inland port finds himself juggling vessels and cargoes, while at the same time adding significantly to the country's trade imbalance.’

Phrases

  • any port in a storm

    • proverb In adverse circumstances one welcomes any source of relief or escape.

      • ‘I didn't know where all the newfound energy came from, but any port in a storm.’
      • ‘Now admittedly, there was a small number of young eligible male teens involved in this world, and only about the same number of young females so I suspect it was any port in a storm in her view.’
  • port of entry

    • A harbor, border town, or airport by which people and goods may enter a country.

      • ‘Southern border overflight exemptions, which allow users to bypass the nearest port of entry and proceed to another airport to clear customs, have not been affected.’
      • ‘Hilo, the main port, is an official port of entry but it has a number of drawbacks.’
      • ‘International travellers who are suspected of smuggling drugs or carrying weapons are being offered the body scanner as an alternative to a physical pat-down or frisk when they pass through ports of entry at airports across the country.’
      • ‘Although the findings are supportive of the work of government agencies some of her observations shed light on the wholly subjective character of the work of immigration officers at different ports of entry into Britain.’
      • ‘The interviews are conducted at three levels: at overseas representative offices, at ports of entry such as airports and the seaports involved in the ‘small three links’ and at home after the couple have entered the country.’
      • ‘Such a force would bring together the local police with immigration and Customs officers at our airports and ports of entry.’
      • ‘Ambouli International Airport is the only port of entry to Djibouti and is located within Djibouti City.’
      • ‘If you're a customs inspector at a port of entry you can send photos of cargos and manifests back to the office where someone can check them against computer records.’
      • ‘Ted Stevens International Airport is the only port of entry to Anchorage and is located about 20 minutes southwest of the base.’
      • ‘The administration has gained expanded powers to investigate and detain people suspected of terrorist links, has reorganized the way the government defends US borders and has increased security at airports and other ports of entry.’

Origin

Old English, from Latin portus haven, harbor reinforced in Middle English by Old French.

Pronunciation:

port

/pôrt/

Main definitions of port in English

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port2

(also port wine)

noun

  • A strong, sweet, typically dark red fortified wine, originally from Portugal, typically drunk as a dessert wine.

    • ‘On his deathbed he ordered two pigeons, three steaks, a bottle of wine, a glass of champagne, two glasses of port and a glass of brandy.’
    • ‘For the port sorbet, in a medium bowl, combine the port, water, and the simple syrup and whisk to combine.’
    • ‘He's got a mixture of clarets, red and white Burgundies, ports and Australian and South African wines.’
    • ‘In particular, I want to drive up the Douro valley from Porto to the vineyards where the grapes for port wine are grown, and I want to see more of the estuaries of the Galician coast.’
    • ‘Once you have made it to the next floor there are chairs for reading and tastings of local port wine.’
    • ‘I wished for some kick in the red-chile steak butter I asked for with my bison filet, as a substitute for the advertised port wine sauce.’
    • ‘I also ate the most wonderful soup there - a richly flavoured cream of pumpkin soup with port wine.’
    • ‘Apart from the seasonal connotations that cinnamon, oranges, Stilton and mulled port wine have, I think Stilton might make an even tangier and more contrasting accompaniment to the sweet jelly.’
    • ‘After dinner, led by a hired piano player, the guests retired for some singing and port wine.’
    • ‘You also have to look at alcoholic drinks that are high in sugars like sweet wine, port, liqueurs and beer.’
    • ‘A proper starter should have a bit of a punch to it, which is exactly what the strong bacon and sweet port dressing delivered.’
    • ‘Among the poorer people, port wine is used for toasting the couple.’
    • ‘He admits his recollection of that day of liberation 60 years ago is cloudy; one of the clearest memories is leaving the camp and picking up two bottles of port wine found abandoned in a basement.’
    • ‘Would I pour my water into my white wine glass, red wine into my port glass or the whole lot over the tablecloth?’
    • ‘Drain nearly all the fat from the roasting pan; add the port and boil the liquid down until it is 2 to 3 tablespoons.’
    • ‘I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout and port is a wine I can well do without’
    • ‘Whisky is always kept in oak casks that have already stored another alcoholic beverage: usually bourbon or sherry, occasionally port and Madeira.’
    • ‘Further upstream, the river winds its way through the steep hills and terraced vineyards of the Upper Douro port wine region.’
    • ‘They eat like George IV, a man who regularly breakfasted on three steaks and two pigeons, a bottle of German wine, a glass of champagne, two glasses of port, and a glass of brandy.’
    • ‘Many of the wineries located here offer free port wine tastings and tours.’
    • ‘The fact is that when we had a big debate on port and sherry wine, those members were not here in the Chamber.’

Origin

Shortened form of Oporto, a major port from which the wine is shipped.

Pronunciation:

port

/pôrt/

Main definitions of port in English

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port3

noun

  • The side of a ship or aircraft that is on the left when one is facing forward.

    ‘the ferry was listing to port’
    The opposite of starboard
    [as modifier] ‘the port side of the aircraft’
    • ‘As the boat was swinging from a port to a starboard tack, one of the ladies stood up and turned directly into the oncoming boom.’
    • ‘There is a seven-foot-long V-berth forward by a port head and starboard hanging locker.’
    • ‘The system also has three flank arrays on both the port and starboard sides and an intercept sonar.’
    • ‘The two four-cylinder launchers are installed on the missile deck, set in a crossed configuration with one facing starboard and one facing port side.’
    • ‘Two mounts are located on the port and starboard side at the bow of the craft, and a single mount is centered along the back bulkhead.’
    • ‘Below deck there is a v-berth forward, port and starboard quarter berths and sitting head room.’
    • ‘Look closer and you'll notice the port and starboard navigation lights, and the knot meter lined up next to the speedo and rev counter on the dash.’
    • ‘They are installed two on the stern deck and one each on the port and starboard side of the flight deck.’
    • ‘I allowed this job to begin without the right number of people, and I allowed a blind spot to develop on the port side of the aircraft.’
    • ‘The bow rested on its starboard side, the port anchor still in place on the steel hull.’
    • ‘The whales surfaced again about half a mile off the port beam, having dived beneath us, then turned north and headed towards Mazatlan.’
    • ‘Right at the front of the bow one can look back along both the upper port and lower starboard sides of the hull.’
    • ‘This was used to correct some minor problems discovered on the starboard side while assembling the port side.’
    • ‘Both the port and starboard side of the ship have a liquid cargo and solids replenishment station.’
    • ‘Aft of the forward stateroom is a second port side stateroom with private entrance and what I would describe as a large single or small double berth.’
    • ‘The lumbering shuttle lazily side slipped from port to starboard and back in futile attempts to shake off pursuit.’
    • ‘One of them noticed an object in the water outboard and to port of the wake, astern of the vessel.’
    • ‘There is a navigation station between the head and the settee and a double quarter berth cabin aft along the port side.’
    • ‘Pressure and gravity refueling receptacles are installed in the aft port fuel cell.’
    • ‘Three machine guns can be mounted on the helicopter: two in the crew door on the starboard side and one window-mounted on the port side.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Turn (a ship or its helm) to port.

    • ‘The captain slowed and ported the vessel to pass around the monolith, and everyone took a good look at the horrid idol.’
    • ‘The US Supreme Court has heard a case concerning whether the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to foreign cruise ships porting in US harbors.’
    • ‘Reaching the dock where my ship was being ported, Steve and I got on board.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: probably originally the side facing the shore when the ship was tied up in port.

Pronunciation:

port

/pôrt/

Main definitions of port in English

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port4

noun

  • 1An opening in the side of a ship for boarding or loading.

    • ‘Then came the rumbling of the heavy artillery being rolled down the street to the loading ports; the men in the way scattering like flies.’
    • ‘The dull thuds of boarding shuttles connecting to the liner's docking ports reverberated through the ship.’
    • ‘Once you learn to avoid the numerous ports and hatches, you will find this a very safe and easy deck to move about on, particularly while sailing at normal angles of heel.’
    1. 1.1A porthole.
      • ‘Aside from the companionway, there is no ventilation, windows or ports so if the companionway were to be closed in inclement weather the cabin would get uncomfortable.’
      • ‘He stared out the port a long time before he heard her come below.’
      • ‘Deck hardware and fixed cabin ports are bronze and there are teak louvered doors leading to the cabin.’
    2. 1.2An opening in the body of an aircraft or in a wall or armored vehicle through which a gun may be fired.
      • ‘He slipped through the space between the gun port and the cannon, and he was in.’
      • ‘Painting was again delayed due to a need to re-do gun port fairings along with some antenna work.’
      • ‘The infantry enter and leave the vehicle by two rear doors which are provided with firing ports.’
      • ‘The second portion was the leading edge of the outboard panels and these were all metal and housed the gun ports.’
      • ‘There are two heavy guns on the outer wall that are just inside the outer mouth of the port.’
      • ‘Crowstep gables and a small gun port in the back wall are a structural reminder of the transition from fortified house to mansion.’
      • ‘As a dream, the concept can be dated back at least to Leonardo da Vinci, who doodled a round, wheeled, armoured vehicle with cannon firing out of ports.’
      • ‘An empty gun port provides similar access to the interior of the wreck.’
      • ‘The guns were set inside of hills, beneath reinforced concrete bomb shields, and concealed behind immense iron firing ports.’
      • ‘We were to learn that these were rocket tubes to be mounted under the wings, between the gear leg and the gun ports.’
      • ‘The gas generated when the cartridge is fired flows through the port and along a channel beneath the barrel.’
      • ‘Their state-of-the-art ships and small boats are equipped to handle grand-scale disasters and to fight fires both in and out of the port.’
      • ‘She grabbed up a coil of rope on her way up the ladder and looked out over the side of the boat, then tied one end of the rope around the mainmast and dropped it through the gun port.’
      • ‘In a gas gun, the pressure is bled off through a small hole, a gas port, somewhere down the barrel, usually at the end of the magazine.’
      • ‘There are seven ball-swivel firing ports in the vehicle hull, four on the right and three on the left side of the vehicle, as well as ports in the upper hatches of the firing compartment.’
      • ‘The gun port was twice its normal size, with jagged wooden chards to frame the opening.’
    3. 1.3An opening for the passage of steam, liquid, or gas.
      ‘loss of fuel from the exhaust port’
      • ‘Steam and smoke emanated from the different ports and hoses that came loose, filling the small area around it with a somewhat vague but visible mist.’
      • ‘However, it differs in revised crankshaft and pistons, an increased cylinder capacity and larger intake and exhaust ports.’
      • ‘It is possible to install the provided mounting bracket on some smaller exhaust ports, but this could lead to conflicts between the radiator and cabling.’
      • ‘Russ even mounted six small fans into the vessel's primary dorsal exhaust ports.’
      • ‘The right wing could only operate at fifty percent, and also had several damaged servomotors, and melted exhaust ports.’
      • ‘It had two large exhaust ports located on the center of each wing and a main thruster located in the center of the back.’
      • ‘Their major breakthrough was relocating the exhaust ports from a peripheral to a lateral position.’
      • ‘The zone is an air cavity beneath the swim platform where gas generator exhaust ports are located.’
      • ‘The regulator was having difficulty preventing globs of water entering through the exhaust ports.’
      • ‘They don't actually fit through the exhaust port like everyone says they will.’
      • ‘The short exhaust ports can allow bubbles to rise alongside your mask.’
      • ‘The exhaust ports of the mechanical ventilators were left open to the room.’
      • ‘Indeed, meticulous cleaning of the myriad channels, ports, crevices, and valves is critical.’
      • ‘High-pressure CO2 is instantly released through discharge-head ports, creating a force to dislodge the buildup.’
      • ‘Converters mount directly to the exhaust port of each cylinder head.’
      • ‘The window is kept clean by means of inert gas flow at the window flange, which also carries away the gaseous products through an outlet port at the cavity bottom into a quencher for zinc condensation and separation.’
      • ‘Turbos are closely coupled to the exhaust ports.’
      • ‘Exhaust ports are scanned in a similar manner; combustion chambers are scanned from a single fixture position.’
      • ‘Sensors in front of the exhaust ports in the dashboard confirmed the effectiveness of the ventilation system.’
      • ‘In fact, he did not see an exhaust port of any kind - but it might have been on the back of the ship.’
  • 2A socket in a computer or network into which a device can be plugged.

    • ‘Each repeater examines its local network ports to computer stations such as PC's to determine if any are inputting data to the repeater.’
    • ‘The data transfer network comprises a plurality of communication ports and a plurality of modules.’
    • ‘In some embodiments, communication ports are provided between the units.’
    • ‘They understand surveillance cameras and exposed doors, but they don't understand open ports or rogue devices being hooked up to networks.’
    • ‘The network is maintained using infrared, X10 protocol and even USB communication ports, he says.’
  • 3Scottish A gate or gateway, especially into a walled city.

Origin

Old English (in the sense gateway), from Latin porta gate; reinforced in Middle English by Old French porte. The later sense opening in the side of a ship led to the general sense aperture.

Pronunciation:

port

/pôrt/

Main definitions of port in English

: port1port2port3port4port5

port5

verb

  • 1Computing
    [with object] Transfer (software) from one system or machine to another.

    ‘the software can be ported to an IBM RS/6000’
    • ‘It provides a way of writing device-independent graphical and windowing software that can be ported easily from one machine to another.’
    • ‘If you start porting your software you have to get into all sorts of deals and all sorts of concessions and ultimately you end up with a preferred platform anyway.’
    • ‘Likewise, porting software from one architecture to another is complex, rare, and costly, Weber added.’
    • ‘I went to art school, got into programming during the dot com bubble, moved into games development, hopped over to pre-press programming and I now work as a programmer porting software.’
    • ‘This setup replicates the interface to an external receiver and reduces the time necessary to port the software.’
    • ‘Open source software that can be ported to a variety of systems might be able to engender those more general supercomputing ecosystems.’
  • 2Military
    [with object often in imperative] Carry (a rifle or other weapon) diagonally across and close to the body with the barrel or blade near the left shoulder.

    ‘Detail! For inspection—port arms!’

noun

  • 1Military
    The position required by an order to port a rifle or other weapon.

    ‘Parker had his rifle at the port’
  • 2literary A person's carriage or bearing.

    ‘she has the proud port of a princess’
  • 3Computing
    A transfer of software from one system or machine to another.

    • ‘The rest of the guys were the established players and didn't ask their customers to suffer huge software ports.’
    • ‘Virtual hosts allow you to run servers for different IP addresses, different host names, or different ports from the same machine.’
    • ‘Firewall software watches these ports to make sure that only safe communication is happening between your computer and other computers online.’
    • ‘Without actually sitting down and benchmarking it, it feels identical to the laptop's ports in terms of transfer speed.’
    • ‘It was even beginning to attract ports of commercial applications software.’

Phrases

  • at port arms

    • In the position adopted when given a command to port one's weapon.

      • ‘For example, a soldier standing at port arms will normally have a center of gravity in the middle of the pelvis, roughly behind the navel.’
      • ‘Their faces were concealed by tinted face shields attached to their helmets, and they carried what looked like quarter staffs at port arms.’
      • ‘The column of twelve soldiers marched through in single file with their rifles at port arms.’
      • ‘The naval soldier moved to stand next to the weapons console, rifle held at port arms.’
      • ‘Charlie slowly walked down the hill, the carbine held at port arms.’

Origin

Middle English ( port): from Old French port bearing, gait from the verb porter, from Latin portare carry The verb (from French porter) dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation:

port

/pôrt/