• (America) IPA: /pɔɹt/
  • (RP) IPA: /pɔːt/
  • (rhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /po(ː)ɹt/
  • (nonrhotic, horse-hoarse) IPA: /poət/

port (plural ports)

  1. A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene 1]:
      peering in maps for ports and piers and roads
  2. A town or city containing such a place, a port city.
  3. (nautical, uncountable) The left-hand side of a vessel, including aircraft, when one is facing the front. Port does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.
  4. (rowing) A sweep rower that primarily rows with an oar on the port side.
    Each eight has four ports and four starboards.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Adjective

port (not comparable)

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

port (ports, present participle porting; past and past participle ported)

  1. (nautical, transitive, chiefly, imperative) To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; said of the helm.
    Port your helm!

port (plural ports)

  1. (now Scotland, historical) An entryway or gate.
  2. An opening or doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; an embrasure through which a cannon may be discharged; 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. (computing) A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred. pedialite Computer port (hardware)
  6. (computing) A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.
Translations Translations Verb

port (ports, present participle porting; past and past participle ported)

  1. To carry, bear, or transport. See porter.
  2. (military) To hold or carry (a weapon) with both hands so that it lays diagonally across the front of the body, with the barrel or similar part near the left shoulder and the right hand grasping the small of the stock; or, to throw (the weapon) into this position on command.
    Port arms!
  3. (computing, video games) To adapt, modify, or create a new version of, a program so that it works on a different platform. pedialite Porting
  4. (telephony) To carry or transfer an existing telephone number from one telephone service provider to another.
  5. (US, government and law) To transfer a voucher or subsidy from one jurisdiction to another.
Translations Noun

port (plural ports)

  1. Something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wicks in candle-making.
  2. (archaic) The manner in which a person carries himself; bearing; deportment; carriage. See also portance.
  3. (military) The position of a weapon when ported; a rifle position executed by throwing the weapon diagonally across the front of the body, with the right hand grasping the small of the stock and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder.
  4. (computing) A program that has been adapted, modified, or recoded so that it works on a different platform from the one for which it was created; the act of this adapting.
    Gamers can't wait until a port of the title is released on the new system.
    The latest port of the database software is the worst since we made the changeover.
  5. (computing, BSD) A set of files used to build and install a binary executable file from the source code of an application.
  • Spanish: versión portada


  1. A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal.
Synonyms Translations Noun

port (plural ports)

  1. (Australia) A suitcase.
    • 2006, Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, Giramondo 2012, p. 53:
      How do you think the cane toads got into this pristine environment? Joseph Midnight brought them in his port from Townsville, smuggled them in, not that anyone was there to stop him.

Proper noun
  1. A city in Portugal, near the mouth of the Douro, after which port wine is named
  2. Surname

Proper noun
  1. (Police, AU) Abbreviation of Public Order Response Team.

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.005
Offline English dictionary