Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The left-hand side of a ship or aircraft facing forward.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or on the port.
  • transitive & intransitive verb To turn (a craft) or make a shift to the port side.
  • noun A place on a waterway with facilities for loading and unloading ships.
  • noun A city or town on a waterway with such facilities.
  • noun The waterfront district of a city.
  • noun A place along a coast that gives ships and boats protection from storms and rough water; a harbor.
  • noun A port of entry.
  • noun A rich sweet fortified wine.
  • transitive verb To hold or carry (a weapon) diagonally across the body, with the muzzle or blade near the left shoulder.
  • noun The position of a rifle or other weapon when ported.
  • noun The manner in which one carries oneself; bearing.
  • noun An opening in a ship's side providing access to the interior.
  • noun A porthole.
  • noun Archaic A cover for a porthole.
  • noun An opening, as in a cylinder or valve face, for the passage of steam or fluid.
  • noun A hole in an armored vehicle or a fortified structure for viewing or for firing weapons.
  • noun An entrance to or exit from a data network.
  • noun A connection point for a peripheral device.
  • noun Scots A gateway or portal, as to a town.
  • transitive verb Computers To modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bear; carry; convey.
  • To carry in military fashion; carry (a weapon, as a rifle) with both hands in a slanting direction upward and toward the left, crossing the body in front, in execution of the military command “Portarms,” or, as now given, “Arms port.”
  • To carry or bring into port.
  • noun Nautical, the larboard or left side of a ship (when one is looking forward): as, “the ship heels to port”; “hard a port.”
  • noun An abbreviation of Portugal and Portuguese.
  • noun A bay, cove, inlet, or recess of the sea, or of a lake or the mouth of a river, where vessels can be protected from storms; a harbor or haven, whether natural or artificial.
  • noun A place where there is a constant resort of vessels for the purpose of loading and unloading; specifically, in law, a place where persons and merchandise are allowed to pass into and out of the realm and at which customs officers are stationed for the purpose of inspecting or appraising imported goods. In this sense a port may exist on the frontier, where the foreign communication is by land.
  • noun Martial music adapted to the bagpipes.
  • Nautical, to turn or shift to the left or larboard side of a ship: as, to port the helm (that is, to shift the tiller over to the port or left side).
  • Nautical, to turn or shift to the left or larboard, as a ship.
  • noun A wine of Portugal, named from Oporto (see above).
  • noun Bearing; carriage; demeanor; air; mien: as, the port of a gentleman.
  • noun State: style; establishment; retinue.
  • noun Synonyms Deportment, address.
  • To furnish with doors or gates.
  • noun A gate; an entrance; a portal; specifically, the gate of a town or fortress.
  • noun An opening in the side of a ship; specifically, an embrasure in the side of a ship of war, through which cannon are pointed; a port-hole; also, the covering or shutter of such an opening.
  • noun In heraldry, the door or gate of a castle, used as a bearing.
  • noun An aperture for the passage of Steam, air, water, etc.
  • noun In harness, a curved piece of metal used as a mouthpiece in some forms of bit. Such a bit is called a port-bit.
  • noun In armor, the socket or bucket in which the butt of the lance was set when held upright: it was secured to the saddle or stirrup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Naut.) The larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern toward the bow). See note under larboard. Also used adjectively.
  • transitive verb obsolete To carry; to bear; to transport.
  • transitive verb (Mil.) To throw, as a musket, diagonally across the body, with the lock in front, the right hand grasping the small of the stock, and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder.
  • transitive verb a position in the manual of arms, executed as above.
  • noun The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably from port side, from port.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin portus; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Oporto.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French porter, to carry, from Old French, from Latin portāre; see per- in Indo-European roots. N., Middle English porte, from Old French port, from porter, to carry.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, gate, porthole, from Old French porte, gate, from Latin porta; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin porta ("passage, gate"), reinforced in Middle English, from Old French porte.

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Named from Portuguese Oporto, a city in Portugal from whence the wines were originally shipped.

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Old English port, from Latin portus ("port, harbour").

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Abbreviation of portmanteau.

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From Old French porter, from Latin portare ("carry"). Akin to transport, portable.

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