Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which bears; hence, one who or that which produces.

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

  • noun obsolete One who, or that which, bears; hence, one who, or that which, produces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete One who, or that which, bears or produces.

Etymologies

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Old French, from porter ("to carry, to bear").

Examples

  • Saint Thomas de Canterbire, nouz commenceasmes a chivauch 'ove n're povar v's les parties de France et souvraignement p' cause q 'nous entendismes la venue de n're treshonn'e seign'r et piere le Roy la endroit, et si neismes dev's les parties de Burges en Berye, Orlions, et Tours, et avions nouvelles q' le Roy de France ove g'nt povar bien pres de celles marches venoit p 'combattre ove no's, et approcheasmes tant q' la battaille se prist entre nous en tiele maniere q 'les ennemis estoient disconfitez, grace en soit Dieux, et le dit Roi et son fils et plusiers autres g'ntz pris et mortz, les noms de queaux nous vous envions p' n're tresch 'bachiler Mons' Roger de Cottesford portoir de cestes.

    A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483 Written in the Fifteenth Century, and for the First Time Printed from MSS. in the British Museum

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