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Definition of Port

Port

  1. A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol.
  2. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used also figuratively.
  3. In law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages.
  4. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal.
  5. An opening in the side of a vessel; an embrasure through which cannon may be discharged; a porthole; also, the shutters which close such an opening.
  6. A passageway in a machine, through which a fluid, as steam, water, etc., may pass, as from a valve to the interior of the cylinder of a steam engine; an opening in a valve seat, or valve face.
  7. To carry; to bear; to transport.
  8. 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; as, to port arms.
  9. The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, a proud port.
  10. The larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern toward the bow); as, a vessel heels to port. See Note under Larboard. Also used adjectively.
  11. To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; -- said of the helm, and used chiefly in the imperative, as a command; as, port your helm.

Port Quotations

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
Grace Hopper

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
Thomas Aquinas
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Port Translations

port in Afrikaans is hawe
port in Danish is havn
port in Dutch is haven
port in Finnish is satama
port in French is connexion
port in Italian is porto, coincidenza
port in Norwegian is havn
port in Portuguese is porto
port in Spanish is puerto
port in Swedish is hamn, hamnstad, babord