• Base port stevedores
    Base port stevedores
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj port located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
    • v port modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
    • v port drink port "We were porting all in the club after dinner"
    • v port carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons "port a rifle"
    • v port carry, bear, convey, or bring "The small canoe could be ported easily"
    • v port turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship "The big ship was slowly porting"
    • v port land at or reach a port "The ship finally ported"
    • v port bring to port "the captain ported the ship at night"
    • v port put or turn on the left side, of a ship "port the helm"
    • n port (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals)
    • n port the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
    • n port an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
    • n port sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
    • n port a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Abbey of Port-royal——580 Abbey of Port-royal——580
Entrance of Suez Canal at Port Said Entrance of Suez Canal at Port Said

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1957, the Shipping port Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)
    • n Port A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol.
    • Port (Mach) A passageway in a machine, through which a fluid, as steam, water, etc., may pass, as from a valve to the interior of the cylinder of a steam engine; an opening in a valve seat, or valve face.
    • Port A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal. "Him I accuse
      The city ports by this hath entered."
      "Form their ivory port the cherubim
      Forth issuing."
    • Port A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used also figuratively. "Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads.""We are in port if we have Thee."
    • Port (Naut) An opening in the side of a vessel; an embrasure through which cannon may be discharged; a porthole; also, the shutters which close such an opening. "Her ports being within sixteen inches of the water."
    • Port In law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages.
    • n Port (Naut) The larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern toward the bow); as, a vessel heels to port . See Note under Larboard. Also used adjectively.
    • n Port The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, a proud port . "And of his port as meek as is a maid.""The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port in the world."
    • Port To carry; to bear; to transport. "They are easily ported by boat into other shires."
    • Port (Mil) To throw, as a musket, diagonally across the body, with the lock in front, the right hand grasping the small of the stock, and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder; as, to port arms. "Began to hem him round with ported spears."
    • v. t Port (Naut) To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; -- said of the helm, and used chiefly in the imperative, as a command; as, port your helm.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
    • n port A bay, cove, inlet, or recess of the sea, or of a lake or the mouth of a river, where vessels can be protected from storms; a harbor or haven, whether natural or artificial.
    • n port A place where there is a constant resort of vessels for the purpose of loading and unloading; specifically, in law, a place where persons and merchandise are allowed to pass into and out of the realm and at which customs officers are stationed for the purpose of inspecting or appraising imported goods. In this sense a port may exist on the frontier, where the foreign communication is by land.
    • port To carry or bring into port.
    • n port A gate; an entrance; a portal; specifically, the gate of a town or fortress.
    • n port An opening in the side of a ship; specifically, an embrasure in the side of a ship of war, through which cannon are pointed; a port-hole; also, the covering or shutter of such an opening. Ports in merchant ships are square openings in the sides, bow, or stern of the vessel for loading and discharging cargo or ballast. See cut under lumber-port.
    • n port In heraldry, the door or gate of a castle, used as a bearing.
    • n port An aperture for the passage of Steam, air, water, etc. In steam-engines the ports are two passages leading from the steam-chest to the inside of the cylinder, by means of which the steam enters and returns above and below the piston: the former is called the steam- or inductioih-port, the latter the exhaust- or eduction-port. See cut under piston.
    • n port In harness, a curved piece of metal used as a mouthpiece in some forms of bit. Such a bit is called a port-bit.
    • n port In armor, the socket or bucket in which the butt of the lance was set when held upright: it was secured to the saddle or stirrup.
    • port To furnish with doors or gates.
    • port To bear; carry; convey.
    • port To carry in military fashion; carry (a weapon, as a rifle) with both hands in a slanting direction upward and toward the left, crossing the body in front, in execution of the military command “Portarms,” or, as now given, “Arms port.”
    • n port Bearing; carriage; demeanor; air; mien: as, the port of a gentleman.
    • n port State: style; establishment; retinue.
    • n port Synonyms Deportment, address.
    • port Nautical, to turn or shift to the left or larboard side of a ship: as, to port the helm (that is, to shift the tiller over to the port or left side).
    • port Nautical, to turn or shift to the left or larboard, as a ship.
    • n port Nautical, the larboard or left side of a ship (when one is looking forward): as, “the ship heels to port”; “hard a port.” The left side of the ship is now called port in preference to the old larboard, to prevent confusion with starboard in orders, from resemblance of sound.
    • n port A wine of Portugal, named from Oporto (see above). The name is usually given to a very dark-red or purplish wine, but it is sometimes pale. The wine usually sold under the name of port is partly artificial, prepared or “doctored” by blending, etc. Wine of absolutely pure growth is seldom to be got under the name. This wine is a favorite for imitation by blending and sweetening, etc., in American wines, both east and west, which are sold as American port.
    • n port Martial music adapted to the bagpipes.
    • n port An abbreviation of Portugal and Portuguese.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mayonnaise is said to be the invention of the French chef of the Duke de Richelieu in 1756. While the Duke was defeating the British at Port Mahon, his chef was creating a victory feast that included a sauce made of cream and eggs. When the chef realized that there was no cream in the kitchen, he improvised, substituting olive oil for the cream. A new culinary masterpiece was born, and the chef named it "Mahonnaise" in honor of the Duke's victory.
    • n Port pōrt the larboard or left side of a ship
    • v.t Port to turn to the left, as the helm
    • v.i Port to turn to larboard or left
    • n Port pōrt martial music on the bagpipes.
    • n Port pōrt bearing: demeanour: carriage of the body
    • v.t Port to hold, as a musket, in a slanting direction upward across the body
    • n Port pōrt a harbour: a haven or safe station for vessels: a place from which vessels start, and at which they finish their voyages
    • n Port pōrt a gate or entrance, esp. of a walled town: an opening in the side of a ship for light or air: an opening through which guns can be fired: the lid of a porthole: a passage in a machine for oil, steam, &c
    • n Port pōrt a dark-red wine from Oporto, Portugal.
    • ***


  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Any port in a storm.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “One can advise comfortably from a safe port.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.”
  • Isaac Bickerstaffe
    Isaac Bickerstaffe
    “How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “It is our relation to circumstances that determine their influence over us. The same wind that blows one ship into port may blow another off shore.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “No wind favors him who has no destined port.”


Any port in a storm - This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
First port of call - The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. port, fr. porter, to carry, L. portare, prob. akin to E. fare, v. See Port harbor, and cf. Comport Export Sport


In literature:

The other is in the port-hole in the rear end.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
A couple of small steamers run from this port to Port Said, while the railroad connects it with Suez.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
Badly situated and badly sheltered, Port Desire offered the further inconvenience that only brackish water could be procured there.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Any port in England will be suitable for my purpose.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
We had a good run up through the China Sea, doing the trip in ten days from port to port without being obliged to use the engine at all.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
It turned out not to be a river at all, but only the little bay of Port Hacking, which they examined and minutely described.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
It was getting dark when they reached an Atlantic port and were lined up on the terminal platform by a man who read out a list of their names.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
Spoke to the Barbadoes off Port Antonio in the evening.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
There was no small amount of smuggling carried on between the ports of the North and the blockaded ports.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
If possible, land them at a German port.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman

In poetry:

For well he knew what dangers frowned,
What mists would gather, dim;
What rocks and shelves, and sands lay round
Between his port and him.
"The Wanderer From The Fold" by Emily Jane Bronte
'T is the winding Garavogue's spectral crew,
Bound for the port of dreams-come-true--
With a swinging stroke that is firm and true.
"The Spectral Rowers" by Clinton Scollard
Roll, thou ever-flowing tide;
We, upon the billows driven,
O'er the mighty stream shall ride
To the peaceful port of heaven;
There no shipwrecks strew the shore,
There nor waves nor tempests roar.
"Winter: Sunday Evening" by John Bowring
Lips that have smiled on me . . . friends who are fled . . .
All that was Life in the time that is sped . . .
Laughter of long ago . . . frolics gone by
In the ports of the West where the windjammers lie.
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith
Other ships have entered port
Their voyages finished, long or short,
And other sailors have received
Their welcomes, while I sat and grieved.
My heart is bursting for his hail,
O Virgin, let me spy his sail.
"Sancta Maria, Succurre Miseris" by Amy Lowell
After such weariness and such distress;
If such a port the tempests have prescribed,
Then is there nothing more that we can do,
But render thanks to heaven,
Who closely veiled our eyes,
And pierced anon with such a light as this.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =Fifth Dialogue=." by Giordano Bruno

In news:

The threat was called in around 8:30 PM on Monday to the Tomates port of entry and prompted federal authorities to close the port down.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man who knocked down 81-year-old woman outside the Cultural Center Friday at 1:30 p.m.and attempted to steal her purse.
The latest monthly Global Port Tracker report, released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, projects import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports to increase 3.2% in April compared last year.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. A wild scene unfolded Thursday evening in Port Charlotte where deputies say a 37-year-old woman tried to run down her boyfriend in her Ford Excursion SUV.
A pile of debris sits at the Black Ball Ferry Lines terminal in Port Angeles, the remains of a covered auto port at the US Customs station.
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge has approved a lease with a company that will build a $30 million wood pellet transfer operation at the port's Port Allen facility.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives arrested an 18-year-old man for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in her unsupervised Port Charlotte home.
A mini-USB port is provided as well, though it's for charging the VAMP 's battery pack (and acts as a through port to sync your phone when the VAMP itself is turned off).
Port of Long Beach, according to port officials.
As owners of a building and a business in Port Clinton, we urge you to look forward to a better future for Port Clinton.
PORT GAMBLE — Pope Resources postponed logging 72 acres of its Port Gamble uplands block.
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Public Utility District reports that power is back for all customers who suffered an outage earlier today in an area east of Port Angeles to the Dungeness River.
PORT NECHES — The fate of Port Neches fire station lies in the hands of its city council.
PORT ARTHUR — Editor's note: The following column from the Best of West collection was originally published in the Port Arthur News on Jan 4, 1989.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Firefighters battled flames at a Port Charlotte house Monday morning.

In science:

We brie fly re port on a correspondence between such maps and a random walk process, that allows for a simple interpretation of the initial stages of the evolution of the maps.
Synchronization of Random Linear Maps
By detecting photons leaving from different output ports, we post-select an entangled polarization state.
Diagnosis, prescription and prognosis of a Bell-state filter by quantum process tomography
The Tutte polynomial of a ported matroid, J.
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
Then, we attach transversal ports to the waveguide on the deformation region in positions where the phase space structure is only slightly perturbed.
Design of switches and beam splitters using chaotic cavities
We show how QBS can be guided out of the waveguide through the attached transversal ports giving rise to frequency selective switches c(cid:13) 2008 Optical Society of America and beam splitters.
Design of switches and beam splitters using chaotic cavities