Port-fire

Definitions

  • "INTO THIS STREET OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE TWO PIERS, STEAMED THE BIG FIRE-BOAT, STRAIGHT IN, WITH FOUR STREAMS PLAYING TO PORT AND FOUR TO STARBOARD, ALL DOING THEIR PRETTIEST."
    "INTO THIS STREET OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE TWO PIERS, STEAMED THE BIG FIRE-BOAT, STRAIGHT IN, WITH FOUR STREAMS PLAYING TO PORT AND FOUR TO STARBOARD, ALL DOING THEIR PRETTIEST."
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Port-fire a slow-match or match-cord
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. portāre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

After firing, the ports were turned away from the enemy and the unbroken iron toward him, until the guns were reloaded.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
Then the fire was made ready, and the stake at the west port of the Castle, neere to the Priory.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
This provision was due to the fact that Captain Pendleton was familiar with the "port-fire," in vogue when he attended West Point.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
Dan was at one port-hole and Ralph at another, and now both fired simultaneously.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
Having nearly reached the boom, he ordered the lieutenant and his men to get into the boat while he ignited the port-fires.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Meanwhile the port-side battery would fire two rockets on widely divergent courses, curving to join at the Plumie ship.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
Marines, fire in through the open ports.
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
The guns had first been fired over the bulwarks, but at a very early date port-holes were adopted for them.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The Rector stood with his back to the fire, his portly person expressing intense satisfaction.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The brigantine, which he had been following, now rounded-to, opened her port-holes, and fired a couple of shots toward the pursuing craft.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
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In poetry:

One looks at the brilliant fires of Port Said,
As the Jews looked at the Promised Land;
Because one cannot go there; it is forbidden
— It seems — by the Convention of Venice
"Egypt–Port Said — En Route" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
Ah, Wagner saw their glory, and Pillow knew their blood,
That poured on a nation's altar, a sacrificial flood.
Port Hudson heard their war-cry that smote its smoke-filled air,
And the old free fires of their savage sires again were kindled there.
"The Unsung Heroes" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

PORT SALERNO — A former business owner has been ordered to pay more than $34,000 to a whistle-blower he fired in retaliation for complaining to federal authorities about a workplace health issue.
Chopper 6 HD over large Port Richmond ware house fire CLICK to WATCH LIVE.
Marvin Fong, The PD Rose Rodriguez-Bardwell was fired as head of the Spanish American Committee, but hopes to retain her position on the board of directors of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
Ain al-Sokhna port workers demand the return of eight fired colleagues.
The cold weather over the weekend may be to blame for two fires in Port Angeles.
Public Works Crews from the City of Port Orchard plan to flush all of the city's fire hydrants between Nov 15 and 19.
PORT SALERNO — A former business owner has been ordered to pay more than $34,000 to a whistle- blower he fired in retaliation for complaining to federal authorities about a workplace health issue.
Port Huron and Marysville Fire Chief Tom Konik says it's too early to tell if both cities will see - 4:51 am.
A probationary employee at the Port Authority was fired yesterday, the agency said, following reports he approached a blogger at a Fashion Week party with a drunken, sexually explicit come-on .
Tanker destroyed by fire in Port Deposit .
A tanker truck was destroyed by fire Friday night in Port Deposit in a crash that killed the rig's driver.
Philadelphia fire crews battled a fire at a refinery in Port Richmond early Monday.
PORT Fire destroys Durham barn.
No injuries reported in Port Huron law offices fire.
Talks include keeping Port of Tacoma's fire station, restoring cuts.
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