Meaning of PORT in English


I. ˈpȯrt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English & Anglo-French, from Latin portus — more at ford

Date: before 12th century

1. : a place where ships may ride secure from storms : haven


a. : a harbor town or city where ships may take on or discharge cargo

b. : airport

3. : port of entry

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English porte, from Anglo-French, gate, door, from Latin porta passage, gate; akin to Latin portus port

Date: before 12th century

1. chiefly Scottish : gate


a. : an opening (as in a valve seat or valve face) for intake or exhaust of a fluid

b. : the area of opening in a cylinder face of a passageway for the working fluid in an engine ; also : such a passageway

c. : a small opening in a container or vessel especially for viewing or for the controlled passage of material

access port


a. : an opening in a vessel's side (as for admitting light or loading cargo)

b. archaic : the cover for a porthole

4. : a hole in an armored vehicle or fortification through which guns may be fired

5. : a hardware interface by which a computer is connected to another device (as a printer, a mouse, or another computer) ; broadly : jack 8

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from porter to carry, from Latin portare

Date: 14th century

1. : the manner of bearing oneself

2. archaic : state 3

3. : the position in which a military weapon is carried at the command port arms

IV. transitive verb

Etymology: port (V)

Date: 1580

: to turn or put (a helm) to the left — used chiefly as a command

V. noun

Etymology: probably from port (I) or port (II)

Date: circa 1644

: the left side of a ship or aircraft looking forward — called also larboard — compare starboard

• port adjective

VI. noun

Etymology: Oporto, Portugal

Date: 1691

: a sweet fortified wine of rich taste and aroma made in Portugal ; also : a similar wine made elsewhere

VII. transitive verb

Etymology: perhaps from port (II) (hardware interface)

Date: 1984

: to translate (software) into a version for another computer or operating system

VIII. abbreviation

1. portable

2. portrait

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