American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See port2.
- adj. On the port side.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, that side of a ship which is on the left hand of a person facing the bow: opposed to starboard, the right-hand side. The term is now obsolescent, the word port having been officially substituted in order to avoid confusion, in hearing orders, with the opposite but like-sounding starboard.
- Of or pertaining to the left-hand side of a ship; port: as, the larboard quarter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) The left-hand side of a ship to one on board facing toward the bow; port; -- opposed to
- adj. On or pertaining to the left-hand side of a vessel; port.
- adj. located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
- n. the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
- From Middle English ladebord, referring to the side of the ship on which cargo was loaded. Changed to larboard in the 16th century by association with starboard. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (influenced by starboard) of Middle English laddebord : perhaps laden, to load; see load + borde, side of a ship; see starboard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A little puff of wind on the larboard quarter, and then larboard fore braces!”
“The Egyptians, steering on the right-hand side, probably took in cargo on the left side or "larboard", that is, the "load" or”
“[Illustration: This diagram is taken from Commodore Morris 'autobiography and the log of the _Guerrière_: the official accounts apparently consider "larboard" and "starboard" as interchangeable terms.]”
“The various writers used "larboard" and "starboard" with such perfect indifference, in speaking of the closing and the loss of the _Guerrière's_ mizzen-mast, that I hardly knew which account to adopt; it finally seemed to me that the only way to reconcile the conflicting statements was by making the mast act as a rudder, first to keep the ship off the wind until it was dead aft and then to bring her up into it.”
“7The term 'larboard' is never used at seam now, to signify the left hand; but was always used on the river in my time.”
“larboard' side; that the lever which moves the rudder that steers the ship was called the 'helm,' and that to steer the ship was to take 'a trick at the wheel '; that to' put the helm up 'was to turn it in the direction from which the wind was coming (windward), and to' put the helm down 'was to turn it in the direction the wind was going (leeward).”
“James says "larboard" where Cooper says "starboard"; one says the _Wasp_ wore, the other says that she could not do so, etc.] [Illustration: Shows the paths of the _Wasp_ and the _Frolic_ during their battle and the positions of the ships at various times during the battle from 11.32 to 12.15] "The American fire showed itself to be as accurate as it was rapid.”
“Until the early 19th century this side of the vessel was called the "larboard" side, (possibly deriving from its use as the "loading side".”
“Try to imagine "All larboard bowlines on deck!" being shouted down into the forecastle of a present day ship.”
“The longboat was lowering away to larboard, and I saw men, struggling on the ice-sheeted deck with barrels of provisions, abandon the food in their haste to get away.”
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