- 1A town or city with a harbor where ships load or unload, especially one where customs officers are stationed.More example sentences
- Over 33 ships are waiting at Colombian ports to load and unload cargo.
- Voting patterns suggest that market towns, such as ports and cities located on rivers, favored penitentiaries.
- British agents developed a one-man midget submarine specifically to target enemy shipping anchored in ports or inshore waters.
- 1.1A harbor: the port has miles of docks [as modifier]: an abundant water supply and port facilitiesMore example sentences
- Speaking of Umm Qasr, work continues on the upgrade of the port facilities.
- The special facilities, which could be drained to allow repairs on ships' hulls, have been closed and the heavy machinery dismantled and moved to Liverpool's port.
- Our call was in the nearby port facility of Puerto Cones, which served as a launching point for excursions to the nearby Mayan ruins.
- 1.2 (also inland port) An inland town or city whose connection to the coast by a river or other body of water enables it to act as a port.More example sentences
- The town re-emerged in later Saxon times when, politically, it was part of the Danelaw, and by the late C10 was a flourishing inland port and town.
- The city, on the Vistula River, was an important inland port in the Hanseatic League.
- Our two air bases, our munitions depot and inland port made us a top priority for a foe intent on crippling the country's capacities.
any port in a storm
- • proverb In adverse circumstances one welcomes any source of relief or escape.More example sentences
- Now admittedly, there was a small number of young eligible male teens involved in this world, and only about the same number of young females so I suspect it was any port in a storm in her view.
- I didn't know where all the newfound energy came from, but any port in a storm.
port of entry
- A harbor, border town, or airport by which people and goods may enter a country.More example sentences
- Ted Stevens International Airport is the only port of entry to Anchorage and is located about 20 minutes southwest of the base.
- Ambouli International Airport is the only port of entry to Djibouti and is located within Djibouti City.
- Southern border overflight exemptions, which allow users to bypass the nearest port of entry and proceed to another airport to clear customs, have not been affected.
Old English, from Latin portus 'haven, harbor', reinforced in Middle English by Old French.
- A strong, sweet, typically dark red fortified wine, originally from Portugal, typically drunk as a dessert wine.More example sentences
- In particular, I want to drive up the Douro valley from Porto to the vineyards where the grapes for port wine are grown, and I want to see more of the estuaries of the Galician coast.
- I wished for some kick in the red-chile steak butter I asked for with my bison filet, as a substitute for the advertised port wine sauce.
- Apart from the seasonal connotations that cinnamon, oranges, Stilton and mulled port wine have, I think Stilton might make an even tangier and more contrasting accompaniment to the sweet jelly.
shortened form of Oporto, a major port from which the wine is shipped.
- The side of a ship or aircraft that is on the left when one is facing forward: the ferry was listing to port [as modifier]: the port side of the aircraft The opposite of starboard.More example sentences
- The lumbering shuttle lazily side slipped from port to starboard and back in futile attempts to shake off pursuit.
- Pressure and gravity refueling receptacles are installed in the aft port fuel cell.
- One of them noticed an object in the water outboard and to port of the wake, astern of the vessel.
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- Turn (a ship or its helm) to port.More example sentences
- The captain slowed and ported the vessel to pass around the monolith, and everyone took a good look at the horrid idol.
- Reaching the dock where my ship was being ported, Steve and I got on board.
- The US Supreme Court has heard a case concerning whether the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to foreign cruise ships porting in US harbors.
mid 16th century: probably originally the side facing the shore when the ship was tied up in port.
- 1.1A socket in a computer or network into which a device can be plugged.More example sentences
- Each repeater examines its local network ports to computer stations such as PC's to determine if any are inputting data to the repeater.
- The network is maintained using infrared, X10 protocol and even USB communication ports, he says.
- The data transfer network comprises a plurality of communication ports and a plurality of modules.
- 1.2An opening for the passage of steam, liquid, or gas: loss of fuel from the exhaust portMore example sentences
- Turbos are closely coupled to the exhaust ports.
- Steam and smoke emanated from the different ports and hoses that came loose, filling the small area around it with a somewhat vague but visible mist.
- The right wing could only operate at fifty percent, and also had several damaged servomotors, and melted exhaust ports.
- 1.3A porthole.More example sentences
- Aside from the companionway, there is no ventilation, windows or ports so if the companionway were to be closed in inclement weather the cabin would get uncomfortable.
- Deck hardware and fixed cabin ports are bronze and there are teak louvered doors leading to the cabin.
- He stared out the port a long time before he heard her come below.
- 1.4An opening in the side of a ship for boarding or loading.More example sentences
- Then came the rumbling of the heavy artillery being rolled down the street to the loading ports; the men in the way scattering like flies.
- The dull thuds of boarding shuttles connecting to the liner's docking ports reverberated through the ship.
- Once you learn to avoid the numerous ports and hatches, you will find this a very safe and easy deck to move about on, particularly while sailing at normal angles of heel.
Old English (in the sense 'gateway'), from Latin porta 'gate'; reinforced in Middle English by Old French porte. The later sense 'opening in the side of a ship' led to the general sense 'aperture'.
- 1 [with object] Computing Transfer (software) from one system or machine to another: the software can be ported to an IBM RS/6000More example sentences
- I went to art school, got into programming during the dot com bubble, moved into games development, hopped over to pre-press programming and I now work as a programmer porting software.
- It provides a way of writing device-independent graphical and windowing software that can be ported easily from one machine to another.
- Likewise, porting software from one architecture to another is complex, rare, and costly, Weber added.
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- 3 Computing A transfer of software from one system or machine to another.More example sentences
- It was even beginning to attract ports of commercial applications software.
- Without actually sitting down and benchmarking it, it feels identical to the laptop's ports in terms of transfer speed.
- The rest of the guys were the established players and didn't ask their customers to suffer huge software ports.
at port arms
- Military In the position adopted when given a command to port one’s weapon.More example sentences
- The naval soldier moved to stand next to the weapons console, rifle held at port arms.
- For example, a soldier standing at port arms will normally have a center of gravity in the middle of the pelvis, roughly behind the navel.
- Their faces were concealed by tinted face shields attached to their helmets, and they carried what looked like quarter staffs at port arms.
Middle English ( (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French port 'bearing, gait', from the verb porter, from Latin portare 'carry'. The verb (from French porter) dates from the mid 16th century.
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nounAustralian • informal
early 20th century: abbreviation of portmanteau.