Por·ter n. 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. --John x. 3.
1. A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage, etc.; for hire.
2. 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.
3. A malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities.
Note: ☞ Porter is said to be so called as having been first used chiefly by the London porters, and this application of the word is supposed to be not older than 1750.
n 1: a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
2: someone who guards an entrance [syn: doorkeeper, doorman,
door guard, hall porter, gatekeeper, ostiary]
3: United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
[syn: Katherine Anne Porter]
4: United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies
(1891-1946) [syn: Cole Porter, Cole Albert Porter]
5: United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O.
Henry (1862-1910) [syn: William Sydney Porter, O. Henry]
6: a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on
sleeping cars) [syn: Pullman porter]
7: a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley
[syn: porter's beer]
v : carry luggage or supplies; "They portered the food up Mount
Kilimanjaro for the tourists"
a gate-keeper (2 Sam. 18:26; 2 Kings 7:10; 1 Chr. 9:21; 2 Chr.
8:14). Of the Levites, 4,000 were appointed as porters by David
(1 Chr. 23:5), who were arranged according to their families
(26:1-19) to take charge of the doors and gates of the temple.
They were sometimes employed as musicians (1 Chr. 15:18).