Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
  2. (noun, food) sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
  3. (noun, artifact) an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
  4. (noun, artifact) the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
  5. (noun, artifact) (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)
  6. (verb, motion) put or turn on the left side, of a ship
  7. (verb, motion) bring to port
  8. (verb, motion) land at or reach a port
  9. (verb, motion) turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship
  10. (verb, contact) carry, bear, convey, or bring
  11. (verb, contact) carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons
  12. (verb, consumption) drink port
  13. (verb, change) modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
  14. (adj, all) located on the left side of a ship or aircraft

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Origin of the word Port

  1. "harbor," O.E. port "harbor, haven," reinforced by O.Fr. port, both O.E. and O.Fr. from L. portus "port, harbor," originally "entrance, passage," from PIE *prtu- "a going, a passage," from base *per- "to lead, pass over" (cf. Skt. parayati "carries over;" Gk. poros "journey, passage, way," peirein "to pierce, run through;"… more
  2. "gateway," O.E., from O.Fr. porte "gate, entrance," from L. porta "gate, door," from PIE base *per- (see port (1)). Specific meaning "porthole, opening in the side of a ship" is attested from 1243. more
  3. "bearing, mien," c.1369, from O.Fr. port, from porter "to carry," from L. portare (see port (1)). more
  4. "sweet dark-red wine," 1691, shortened from Oporto, city in northwest Portugal from which the wine was originally shipped, from O Porto "the port." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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