Meaning of PORT in English

I. ˈpō(ə)r]t, -ȯ(ə)r], -ōə], -ȯ(ə)], usu ]d.+V\ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, partly from Old English (from Latin portus passage, house door, port); partly from Old French, from Latin portus — more at ford


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

wonder if so small a barque can … make the port — E.J.Schoettle


(1) : refuge

(2) : destination , goal


a. : a harbor town or city where ships may take on or discharge cargo : the starting point or the destination of a voyage : a place to or from which goods may be shipped

b. : the entire geographical harbor area of a place

the port of San Francisco

c. : airport

the port is free of obstructions — no mountains or tall buildings impede an approach or takeoff — Cornelius Ryan

3. : port of entry

Synonyms: see harbor

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. obsolete : to make port at

2. obsolete : to bring to port

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English port, porte, from Middle French porte gate, door, from Latin porta passage, gate; akin to Latin portus passage, port — more at ford

1. chiefly Scotland : gate , portal ; especially : a city gate

2. chiefly Scotland : a market for hiring of laborers usually held near the gate of a town

3. : an opening or passageway between two woods or stones or between a wood and the jack in lawn bowling or curling

4. : an upward curve or tongue groove in the mouthpiece of some bits to put pressure on the sensitive bars of a horse's mouth


a. : an opening for intake or exhaust of air, gas, steam, water, or other fluid especially in a valve seat or valve face

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

c. : any such passageway connecting the cylinder with the cylinder face or the latter with the exhaust


a. : an opening in a ship's side to admit light or air or to load cargo : porthole

b. archaic : the shutter or cover for a porthole


a. : an opening in the receiver of a firearm through which empty shells are ejected

b. : an opening in some repeating firearms through which cartridges are loaded into the magazine

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

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from porter to carry, bear

1. : the manner in which one bears himself : bearing , demeanor , mien

pride in their port , defiance in their eye, I see the lords of humankind pass by — Oliver Goldsmith

2. archaic : manner or style of living : dignity , state

3. obsolete : the action of carrying mail or the fee for it : postage

4. : the position in which a military weapon is carried when ported

V. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle French porter to carry, from Latin portare — more at fare

transitive verb

obsolete : carry , transport

intransitive verb

of a horse : to paw the bedding and strike the floor with the forefeet — often used with back

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from port (I) or port (III) (porthole)

: the left side of a ship or airplane looking forward : larboard — opposed to starboard

VII. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to turn or put (a helm or rudder) to the left

VIII. adjective

: of, relating to, or situated to port

IX. noun

( -s )

Etymology: from Oporto, O Porto (now Porto) city in Portugal

1. : a fortified sweet wine of rich taste and aroma from the valley of the Douro, Portugal — see ruby port , tawny port , vintage port , white port

2. : any of numerous wines originating in various parts of the world and resembling the port of Portugal in varying degrees

California port

3. : a very dark red that is slightly bluer than mulberry fruit

X. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Scottish Gaelic

chiefly Scotland : a tune or air especially on a bagpipe

XI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

Australia : portmanteau

XII. abbreviation

1. portable

2. portfolio

3. portrait

XIII. noun

: a hardware interface (as a socket for a cable) by which a computer is connected to a peripheral device (as a printer or mouse) ; broadly : jack 2l(1)

XIV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: perhaps from port (hardware interface — herein) (influence by portable and portability )

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

planned to port the program to other computers — John Markoff

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.