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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v porter carry luggage or supplies "They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists"
    • n porter a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
    • n porter someone who guards an entrance
    • n porter a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
    • n porter a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
    • n Porter United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
    • n Porter United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
    • n Porter United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cole Porter had nine pounds of fudge shipped to him each month from his hometown.
    • Porter (Forging) A bar of iron or steel at the end of which a forging is made; esp., a long, large bar, to the end of which a heavy forging is attached, and by means of which the forging is lifted and handled in hammering and heating; -- called also porter bar.
    • Porter A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire.
    • Porter A malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities.
    • n Porter A man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who waits at the door to receive messages. "To him the porter openeth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n porter One who has the charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper or gate-keeper.
    • n porter One who bears or carries; a bearer; a carrier; specifically, a person who carries burdens, etc., or runs errands for hire: as, a railway or dock porter.
    • n porter A law officer who carries a white or silver rod before the justices in eyre.
    • n porter Eccles., same as ostiary.
    • n porter That which is used in bearing, supporting, or carrying. A lever. Withals.
    • n porter A dark-brown malt liquor, of English origin. It is made either wholly or partially of high-dried malt, which gives color and imparts a special flavor to the liquor. Top-fermentation in large tuns, lasting from 48 to 60 hours, is followed by after-fermentation in smaller casks or transport-barrels, lasting several days. The after-fermentation clarifies the liquor, from which the air is then excluded by bunging the casks.
    • n porter A rope-carrier or supporter; a wheel or roller on a support used to sustain a traction- or transmission-rope and prevent its sagging and striking the ground between its terminal points.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Porter pōrt′ėr a door-keeper or gate-keeper: one who waits at the door to receive messages
    • n Porter pōrt′ėr one who carries burdens for hire: a dark-brown malt liquor, prob. because a favourite drink with London porters
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Macduff: What three things does drink especially provoke? Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine.”
  • J. P. Donleavy
    J. P. Donleavy
    “When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. portier, L. portarius, from porta, a gate, door. See Port a gate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porteur—L. portāre, to carry.


In literature:

Franklin, Willcox, Sherman, and Porter, pressing the Federal advantage, were now across the turnpike.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I didn't see any porter.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
In a little while Mrs. Porter-Strangeways was announced.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Mr. George took out his ticket and gave it to the porter, whereupon the porter opened the gate and let him in.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
David Porter, sen., and Samuel Porter served the American Colonies dashingly upon the sea in the Revolution.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Peter B. Porter was more willing.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Behind her streamed a hundred porters balancing on their heads the personal baggage, rolled tents, chop boxes, sacks of safari food.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
As Paul entered the private office he found the porter there, putting coal on the fire.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
When Dave Porter returned again to Oak Hall he found himself considered a great hero.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

Therefore my spirit clings
Heaven's porter by the wings,
And holds
Its gated golds
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
He stayed to hear no more,
But pushed that porter by,
And shortly stood before
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Sayes, "Christ thee save, thou proud porter;"
Sayes, "Christ thee save and see."
"Nowe you be welcome," sayd the porter,
"Of what land soever ye bee."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
O away and away went this proud young porter,
O away and away and away went he,
Until he came to Lord Bateman's chamber,
Where he went down on his bended knee.
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang
Then up and spake the Laird's ain Jock,
"There's naething for't; the gates we maun force."
But when they cam the gate unto,
A proud porter withstood baith men and horse.
"Jock O The Side" by Andrew Lang
O when she arrived at Lord Bateman's castle,
How boldly then she rang the bell!
"Who's there? who's there?" cries the proud young porter,
"O come unto me pray quickly tell."
"The Loving Ballad Of Lord Bateman" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Medford's Porter Lombard makes wine unlike anyone.
The Editor interviews Stewart D Aaron, newly elected President of NYCLA and Partner at Arnold & Porter LLP.
For Michael "The Mad-man " Porter of Galion, his stunt on July 16 was a dream come true.
At the fair on Mon­day evening, Porter pre­pared to do some­thing he had never attempted.
Posted on October 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm by Brian T. Smith in Astros, Astros/MLB, Bo Porter, General.
Former Hawkeye, Iowa Cubs' outfielder Porter named manger of Astros.
Maternal grandparents are Leo Porter of Ellicot City, Md.
And Barbara Porter of Melborne, Fla.
Seth Porter of the Blind Eyes Kate McDaniel.
Samuel Colt & Chris Porter, two adult film stars, find l'amour.
ESPN and DJ Steve Porter brought us a funny yesterday.
Having missed his entire junior season because of knee surgery, Porter's Jacob Richardson thinks he's starting to hit his stride.
Passed away Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009, at Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.
Stark Sands and Billy Porter in "Kinky Boots".
The show featured well-known performers, including Red Foley, Brenda Lee, Porter Wagoner, Slim Wilson, and Buford Foster's "Tad Poles" square dance group.

In science:

Our goal is to build a simple model that can reproduce the inverse Compton luminosity of the Milky Way according to Strong et al. (2010); their calculation is based on a far more detailed, spatially-dependent ISRF as implemented in the GALPROP code (Strong et al. 2000; Porter et al. 2008).
Inverse Compton Contribution to the Star-Forming Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background
The UV component at this position is scaled from that in the Galactic Centre, (Porter et al. 2008) in the same proportion as the optical component in these positions.
Inverse Compton Contribution to the Star-Forming Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background
Porter, Statistical Theories of Spectra: Fluctuations (Academic Press, New York, 1965); M. L.
Random Matrix Theory of Transition Strengths and Universal Magnetoconductance in the Strongly Localized Regime
Porter, ’Statistical theories of spectra: fluctuations’, Academic Press, 1965.
The spectrum of the QCD Dirac operator and chiral random matrix theory: the threefold way
In RMT, the Pαb are given (in the large-D limit) by squares of Gaussian random variables, in accordance with the Porter-Thomas distribution, leading to IPRRMT = 3 for real wave functions.
Wave Function Structure in Two-Body Random Matrix Ensembles