port

port
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[[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]]
n.
1) a city, town, or other place where ships load or unload
2) a place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor
3) law
Also called port of entry
a) any place where imported goods may be received into a country subject to inspection by customs officials
b) any place where travelers or immigrants may enter a country
4) a geographical area that forms a harbor
Etymology: bef. 900; ME, OE < L portus harbor, haven; akin to ford syn: See harbor II
port
[[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]] n.
1) naut. navig. the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward
2) naut. navig. of, pertaining to, or located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft
3) naut. navig. to turn or shift to the port, or left, side
Etymology: 1570–80; perh. identical with port I III
port
[[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]] n.
vin a very sweet, usu. dark red, fortified wine, orig. from Portugal
Etymology: 1695–95; earlier Oporto wine, (Port) O Port wine < Pg Oporto Oporto, through which Portuguese wines are shipped IV
port
[[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]] n.
1) cvb naut. navig. an opening in the side or other exterior part of a ship for admitting air and light or for taking on cargo
Compare porthole 1)
2) mac an aperture in the surface of a cylinder, as in machinery, for the passage of steam, air, water, etc
3) a small aperture in an armored vehicle, aircraft, or fortification through which a gun can be fired or a camera directed
4) cmp a data connection in a computer to which a peripheral device or a transmission line from a remote terminal can be attached
5) Chiefly Scot. a gate or portal, as to a town or fortress
6) cmp to create a new version of (an application program) to run on a different hardware platform (sometimes fol. by over)
Etymology: bef. 950; ME, OE < L porta gate; akin to portus port I V
port
[[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]] v. t.
mil to carry (a rifle or other weapon) in the port arms position
Etymology: 1560–70; < F porter < L portāre to carry; see fare

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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