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.

    • ‘Over 33 ships are waiting at Colombian ports to load and unload cargo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was centred on Garden Island Sydney but involved ports and civilian harbour controllers around Australia.’
    • ‘Beginning on July 1, 1999, ships entering American ports from foreign waters will have to report whether they have exchanged ballast offshore.’
    • ‘These are the two main navigable waterways leading to ports in Iraq.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Voting patterns suggest that market towns, such as ports and cities located on rivers, favored penitentiaries.’
    • ‘In port cities and beach towns on the Indian Ocean, people were moving through the dark Monday, moving away from the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A watchful eye is constantly kept by the patrol on the waters outside the base port.’
    • ‘Approaching the fine port cities from the water puts them in a far more favourable light than arriving by road or through an airport.’
    • ‘From here the view over the city, the old port and the old town, down to the sea are stupendous.’
    • ‘British agents developed a one-man midget submarine specifically to target enemy shipping anchored in ports or inshore waters.’
    • ‘There wasn't much food or water outside the main port cities where the Guild happens to have auction houses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    seaport, port city, port town
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    1. 1.1 A harbor.
      ‘the port has miles of docks’
      [as modifier] ‘an abundant water supply and port facilities’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘They are now about 120 miles from the key port of San Pedro on the south coast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Over the past four years, Namibia has invested significantly in upgrading the port at Walvis Bay and to a lesser extent, at Lüderitz.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Speaking of Umm Qasr, work continues on the upgrade of the port facilities.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bank said the project will focus on road repairs, restoring electricity and expanding the port of the East Timor capital Dili.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At least 65 of the electricity transmission towers supplying the port of Umm Qasr and the southern oilfields have been destroyed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jenny can remember back to the 1930s, a time when Harbourville was a bustling port.’
      harbour, dock, docks, haven, mooring, jetty, pier, marina
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    2. 1.2also inland port An inland town or city whose connection to the coast by a river or other body of water enables it to act as a port.
      • ‘A barge transportation system has made Lewiston, Idaho - 450 miles from the Pacific Ocean - into a major inland port.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Situated at the lowest point bridgeable on the Severn, it was long an important inland port.’
      • ‘THE WA Department of Planning and Infrastructure will investigate the concept of an inland port and conveyor belt transport system.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These networks were based on the ports and market towns of the region.’
      • ‘This interchange will deliver the National Spatial Strategy which positions Laois and Portlaoise as a transport node and inland port.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The city, on the Vistula River, was an important inland port in the Hanseatic League.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Duisburg was once the biggest inland port in Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From there the town had access to the ports on Erie, Ontario, and through those, the waterways throughout the kingdom.’

Phrases

  • any port in a storm

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I didn't know where all the newfound energy came from, but any port in a storm.’
  • port of entry

    • A harbor, border town, or airport by which people and goods may enter a 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ambouli International Airport is the only port of entry to Djibouti and is located within Djibouti City.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such a force would bring together the local police with immigration and Customs officers at our airports and ports of entry.’
      • ‘Ted Stevens International Airport is the only port of entry to Anchorage and is located about 20 minutes southwest of the base.’
      • ‘Hilo, the main port, is an official port of entry but it has a number of drawbacks.’

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.

    • ‘Whisky is always kept in oak casks that have already stored another alcoholic beverage: usually bourbon or sherry, occasionally port and Madeira.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the poorer people, port wine is used for toasting the couple.’
    • ‘After dinner, led by a hired piano player, the guests retired for some singing and port wine.’
    • ‘Would I pour my water into my white wine glass, red wine into my port glass or the whole lot over the tablecloth?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of the wineries located here offer free port wine tastings and tours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fact is that when we had a big debate on port and sherry wine, those members were not here in the Chamber.’
    • ‘For the port sorbet, in a medium bowl, combine the port, water, and the simple syrup and whisk to combine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also ate the most wonderful soup there - a richly flavoured cream of pumpkin soup with port wine.’
    • ‘Drain nearly all the fat from the roasting pan; add the port and boil the liquid down until it is 2 to 3 tablespoons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's got a mixture of clarets, red and white Burgundies, ports and Australian and South African wines.’
    • ‘Once you have made it to the next floor there are chairs for reading and tastings of local port wine.’
    • ‘I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout and port is a wine I can well do without’
    • ‘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.’

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’
    • ‘They are installed two on the stern deck and one each on the port and starboard side of the flight deck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Right at the front of the bow one can look back along both the upper port and lower starboard sides of the hull.’
    • ‘Both the port and starboard side of the ship have a liquid cargo and solids replenishment station.’
    • ‘Below deck there is a v-berth forward, port and starboard quarter berths and sitting head room.’
    • ‘One of them noticed an object in the water outboard and to port of the wake, astern of the vessel.’
    • ‘Pressure and gravity refueling receptacles are installed in the aft port fuel cell.’
    • ‘The whales surfaced again about half a mile off the port beam, having dived beneath us, then turned north and headed towards Mazatlan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 system also has three flank arrays on both the port and starboard sides and an intercept sonar.’
    • ‘The bow rested on its starboard side, the port anchor still in place on the steel hull.’
    • ‘This was used to correct some minor problems discovered on the starboard side while assembling the port side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a seven-foot-long V-berth forward by a port head and starboard hanging locker.’
    • ‘There is a navigation station between the head and the settee and a double quarter berth cabin aft along the port side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The captain slowed and ported the vessel to pass around the monolith, and everyone took a good look at the horrid idol.’

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dull thuds of boarding shuttles connecting to the liner's docking ports reverberated through the ship.’
    1. 1.1 A porthole.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 An opening in the body of an aircraft or in a wall or armored vehicle through which a gun may be fired.
      • ‘The second portion was the leading edge of the outboard panels and these were all metal and housed the gun ports.’
      • ‘He slipped through the space between the gun port and the cannon, and he was in.’
      • ‘Crowstep gables and a small gun port in the back wall are a structural reminder of the transition from fortified house to mansion.’
      • ‘The guns were set inside of hills, beneath reinforced concrete bomb shields, and concealed behind immense iron firing ports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were to learn that these were rocket tubes to be mounted under the wings, between the gear leg and the gun ports.’
      • ‘There are two heavy guns on the outer wall that are just inside the outer mouth of the port.’
      • ‘The gas generated when the cartridge is fired flows through the port and along a channel beneath the barrel.’
      • ‘An empty gun port provides similar access to the interior of the wreck.’
      • ‘The infantry enter and leave the vehicle by two rear doors which are provided with firing ports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Painting was again delayed due to a need to re-do gun port fairings along with some antenna work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 An opening for the passage of steam, liquid, or gas.
      ‘loss of fuel from the exhaust port’
      • ‘High-pressure CO2 is instantly released through discharge-head ports, creating a force to dislodge the buildup.’
      • ‘Exhaust ports are scanned in a similar manner; combustion chambers are scanned from a single fixture position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The zone is an air cavity beneath the swim platform where gas generator exhaust ports are located.’
      • ‘The right wing could only operate at fifty percent, and also had several damaged servomotors, and melted exhaust ports.’
      • ‘Converters mount directly to the exhaust port of each cylinder head.’
      • ‘It had two large exhaust ports located on the center of each wing and a main thruster located in the center of the back.’
      • ‘The regulator was having difficulty preventing globs of water entering through the exhaust ports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sensors in front of the exhaust ports in the dashboard confirmed the effectiveness of the ventilation system.’
      • ‘Russ even mounted six small fans into the vessel's primary dorsal exhaust ports.’
      • ‘Turbos are closely coupled to the exhaust ports.’
      • ‘They don't actually fit through the exhaust port like everyone says they will.’
      • ‘In fact, he did not see an exhaust port of any kind - but it might have been on the back of the ship.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their major breakthrough was relocating the exhaust ports from a peripheral to a lateral position.’
      • ‘Indeed, meticulous cleaning of the myriad channels, ports, crevices, and valves is critical.’
      • ‘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.’
      aperture, opening, outlet, inlet, socket, vent, passage, porthole, trap, embrasure, door, gate
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  • 2A socket in a computer or network into which a device can be plugged.

    • ‘The data transfer network comprises a plurality of communication ports and a plurality of modules.’
    • ‘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 network is maintained using infrared, X10 protocol and even USB communication ports, he says.’
    • ‘They understand surveillance cameras and exposed doors, but they don't understand open ports or rogue devices being hooked up to networks.’
    • ‘In some embodiments, communication ports are provided between the units.’
  • 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

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port5

verb

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

    ‘the software can be ported to an IBM RS/6000’
    • ‘Open source software that can be ported to a variety of systems might be able to engender those more general supercomputing ecosystems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It provides a way of writing device-independent graphical and windowing software that can be ported easily from one machine to another.’
    • ‘Likewise, porting software from one architecture to another is complex, rare, and costly, Weber added.’
  • 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.

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

Phrases

  • at port arms

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Charlie slowly walked down the hill, the carbine held at port arms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The naval soldier moved to stand next to the weapons console, rifle 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/