AskDefine | Define port

Dictionary Definition

port adj : located on the left side of a ship or aircraft [syn: larboard]

Noun

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 wine]
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]

Verb

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 ported easily"
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"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

etyl ang port, from etyl la portus.

Noun

  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.
  2. A town or city containing such a place.
  3. nautical uncountable The left-hand side of a vessel when one is facing the front.
Antonyms
Derived terms
Translations
dock or harbour
town or city with a dock or harbour
left-hand side of a vessel

Adjective

  1. Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel.
    on the port side
Synonyms
Antonyms
Translations
of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel

Etymology 2

From etyl la porta, reinforced in etyl enm from etyl fro porte

Noun

  1. An entryway, gate, or portal.
  2. A doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; a porthole.
  3. curling bowls A space between two stones wide enough for a delivered stone or bowl to pass through
  4. An opening where a connection (such as a pipe) is made.
  5. A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred.
  6. A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.
Translations
opening in the side of a ship
opening where a connection is made
computing: logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred
  • Estonian: port
  • Finnish: portti
  • Greek: θύρα, σύνδεση
  • Swedish: port

Etymology 3

Named from Oporto, a city in Portugal from where the wines were shipped.

Noun

  1. A type of fortified wine traditionally made in Portugal.
Synonyms
Translations
fortified wine

Etymology 4

Abbreviation of portmanteau.

Noun

  1. A schoolbag or suitcase.

Etymology 5

From etyl fro (and etyl fr) porter#verb, port, from etyl la portare.

Verb

  1. To carry, bear, or transport.
  2. To hold a weapon with both hands diagonally across the body
  3. To transfer from one state to another.
  4. To adapt a program so that it works on a different platform.
Derived terms
Translations
military use
to transfer from one state to another
  • Dutch: overdragen
  • Finnish: muuntaa, siirtää
  • French: porter
  • Portuguese: portar
computing: to adapt a program so that it works on a different platform
  • Swedish: portera, porta

Noun

  1. the way in which a person carries themselves; bearing
  2. something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wicks in candle-making
  3. The act of adapting a program so that it works on a different platform from the one on which it originally worked
  4. a program that has been so adapted.
Translations
one’s bearing
something used to carry
computing: act of adapting a program so that it works on a different platform
computing: a program that has been so adapted

See also

Dutch

Noun

  1. postage

Noun

  1. port, port wine, porto

French

Pronunciation

  • /pɔʁ/
  • /pOR/

Noun

  1. port, harbour
  2. port, harbour city
  3. refuge
  4. act of wearing, act of carrying (from the verb porter (to wear or carry))
  5. transport
  6. postage
  7. stature, way of carrying oneself

Norwegian

Noun

  1. gate
  2. A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred.
  3. A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.

Old English

Etymology

portus

Noun

  1. port

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. port (logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred)
  2. entrance (into a building), gate, portal

Extensive Definition

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A port is a facility for receiving ships and transferring cargo. They are usually situated at the edge of an ocean, sea, river, or lake. Ports often have cargo-handling equipment such as cranes (operated by longshoremen) and forklifts for use in loading/unloading of ships, which may be provided by private interests or public bodies. Often, canneries or other processing facilities will be located near by. Harbour pilots and tugboats are often used to maneuver large ships in tight quarters as they approach and leave the docks. Ports which handle international traffic have customs facilities.
The terms "port" and "seaport" are used for ports that handle ocean-going vessels, and "river port" is used for facilities that handle river traffic, such as barges and other shallow draft vessels. Some ports on a lake, river, or canal have access to a sea or ocean, and are sometimes called "inland ports". A "fishing port" is a type of port or harbor facility particularly suitable for landing and distributing fish. A "dry port" is a term sometimes used to describe a yard used to place containers or conventional bulk cargo, usually connected to a seaport by rail or road. A "warm water port" is a port where the water does not freeze in winter. Because they are available year-round, warm water ports can be of great geopolitical or economic interest, with the ports of Saint Petersburg and Valdez being notable examples. A "port of call" is an intermediate stop, for example to collect supplies or fuel.
Cargo containers allow efficient transport and distribution by eliminating loading of smaller packages at each transportation point, and allowing the shipping unit to be sealed for its entire journey. Standard containers can easily be loaded on a ship, train, truck, or airplane, greatly simplifying intermodal transfers. Cargo often arrives by train and truck to be consolidated at a port and loaded onto a large container ship for international transport. At the destination port, it is distributed by ground transport.
Ports and shipping containers are a vital part of modern Just In Time inventory management strategies.
Ports sometimes fall out of use. Rye, East Sussex, England, UK was an important port in the Middle Ages, but the coastline changed and it is now from the sea. Also in the UK, London on the River Thames, and Manchester, on the Manchester Ship Canal, were once important international ports, but changes in shipping methods, such as the use of containers and larger ships, put them at a disadvantage.

See also

Water port topics
Other types of ports
Support to seafarers
port in Arabic: ميناء
port in Breton: Porzh (evit listri)
port in Bulgarian: Пристанище
port in Catalan: Port
port in Czech: Přístav
port in Danish: Havn
port in German: Hafen
port in Estonian: Sadam
port in Modern Greek (1453-): Λιμάνι
port in Spanish: Puerto marítimo
port in Esperanto: Haveno
port in Persian: بندر
port in French: Port (marine)
port in Korean: 항구
port in Croatian: Luka
port in Indonesian: Pelabuhan
port in Italian: Porto (struttura)
port in Hebrew: נמל
port in Latin: Portus
port in Lithuanian: uostas
port in Lingala: Libóngo
port in Dutch: Haven
port in Japanese: 港湾
port in Norwegian: Havn
port in Polish: Port morski
port in Portuguese: Porto (transporte)|Porto
port in Romanian: Port
port in Russian: Порт
port in Simple English: Port
port in Slovenian: Pristanišče
port in Finnish: Satama
port in Swedish: Hamn
port in Tagalog: Pundahang pandagat
port in Turkish: Liman
port in Chinese: 港口
port in Walloon: Pôrt (ås bateas)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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