Meaning of PORT in English


1. n.1 a harbour.

2 a place of refuge.

3 a town or place possessing a harbour, esp. one where customs officers are stationed.

Phrases and idioms:

port of call a place where a ship or a person stops on a journey. Port of London Authority the corporate body controlling the London harbour and docks.

Etymology: OE f. L portus & ME prob. f. OF f. L portus 2. n. (in full port wine) a strong, sweet, dark-red (occas. brown or white) fortified wine of Portugal.

Etymology: shortened form of Oporto, city in Portugal from which port is shipped 3. n. & v.

--n. the left-hand side (looking forward) of a ship, boat, or aircraft (cf. STARBOARD). (also absol.) turn (the helm) to port.

Phrases and idioms:

port tack see TACK(1) 4. port watch see WATCH n. 3b.

Etymology: prob. orig. the side turned towards PORT(1) 4. n.1 a an opening in the side of a ship for entrance, loading, etc. b a porthole.

2 an aperture for the passage of steam, water, etc.

3 Electr. a socket or aperture in an electronic circuit, esp. in a computer network, where connections can be made with peripheral equipment.

4 an aperture in a wall etc. for a gun to be fired through.

5 esp. Sc. a gate or gateway, esp. of a walled town.

Etymology: ME & OF porte f. L porta 5. v. & n. Mil. carry (a rifle, or other weapon) diagonally across and close to the body with the barrel etc. near the left shoulder (esp. port arms!).


1. Mil. this position.

2 external deportment; carriage; bearing.

Etymology: ME f. OF port ult. f. L portare carry 6. n. Austral.

1. a suitcase or travelling bag.

2 a shopping bag, sugar bag, etc.

Etymology: abbr. of PORTMANTEAU

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.