port /ˈport, ˈpɔrt/
Port, n. The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, a proud port. [archaic]
And of his port as meek as is a maid. --Chaucer.
The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port in the world. --South.
Port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ported; p. pr. & vb. n. Porting.]
1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.]
They are easily ported by boat into other shires. --Fuller.
2. 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. --Milton.
Port arms, a position in the manual of arms, executed as above.
Port n. A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol.
1. 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. --Shak.
We are in port if we have Thee. --Keble.
2. 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.
Free port. See under Free.
Port bar. Naut, (a) A boom. See Boom, 4, also Bar, 3. (b) A bar, as of sand, at the mouth of, or in, a port.
Port charges Com., charges, as wharfage, etc., to which a ship or its cargo is subjected in a harbor.
Port of entry, a harbor where a customhouse is established for the legal entry of merchandise.
Port toll Law, a payment made for the privilege of bringing goods into port.
Port warden, the officer in charge of a port; a harbor master.
1. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal. [Archaic]
Him I accuse
The city ports by this hath entered. --Shak.
Form their ivory port the cherubim
Forth issuing. --Milton.
2. 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. --Sir W. Raleigh.
3. 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.
Air port, Bridle port, etc. See under Air, Bridle, etc.
Port bar Naut., a bar to secure the ports of a ship in a gale.
Port lid Naut., a lid or hanging for closing the portholes of a vessel.
Steam port, ∧ Exhaust port Steam Engine, the ports of the cylinder communicating with the valve or valves, for the entrance or exit of the steam, respectively.
Port, n. 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.
Port, v. t. 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.
adj : located on the left side of a ship or aircraft [syn: larboard]
n 1: a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise
can enter or leave a country
2: sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal [syn: port
3: an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing
through [syn: embrasure, porthole]
4: the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the
bow or nose [syn: larboard] [ant: starboard]
5: (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) [syn: interface]
v 1: transfer data from one computer to another via a cable that
links connecting ports
2: put or turn on the left side, of a ship; "port the helm"
3: bring to port; "the captain ported the ship at night"
4: land at or reach a port; "The ship finally ported"
5: turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship; "The big
ship was slowly porting"
6: carry, bear, convey, or bring; "The small canoe could be
7: carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body,
especially of weapons; "port a rifle"
8: drink port; "We were porting all in the club after dinner"