American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A port where ships dock in the course of voyages to load or unload cargo, obtain supplies, or undergo repairs.
- n. nautical any port (except its home port) being visited by a ship, especially to load or unload cargo or passengers or to take on supplies
- n. figuratively A place visited.
- n. any port where a ship stops except its home port
“As much refreshed by this incident as she would have been by a good strong cup of tea, she made her way to the gardener’s cottage, her last port of call before going up to Nunspardon.”
“From Banda we sail eastward, toward the Kei archipelago, which was Wallace’s last port of call before Aru.”
“Seamen of the highway, sailing narrow concrete seas, always impatient to make the next port of call and then as equally impatient to leave it.”
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