port

A port is a place where boats come and go. If you think that docks and harbors are romantic, I suggest you move to a port city like Baltimore.

Just as seaports and airports link countries together by enabling trade and travel, a device that links computers together is also called a port. Port comes from the Latin word portus, meaning "haven" or "harbor." You can hear this sense of a port as a place of safe arrival in the proverb "any port in a storm." On a ship, the port side is the left side. Port is also a verb, meaning "to carry."

Definitions of port
  1. noun
    a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
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    Durazzo
    port city in western Albania on the Adriatic
    Algerian capital
    an ancient port on the Mediterranean; the capital and largest city of Algeria
    Annaba
    a port city of northeastern Algeria near the Tunisian border
    Oran
    a port city in northwestern Algeria and the country's 2nd largest city
    Angolan capital
    port city on Atlantic coast; the capital and largest city of Angola
    Lobito
    a seaport on the Atlantic coast of Angola
    Bahia Blanca
    a port city in eastern Argentina to the southwest of Buenos Aires on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean
    capital of Argentina
    capital and largest city of Argentina; located in eastern Argentina near Uruguay; Argentina's chief port and industrial and cultural center
    Varna
    a port city in northeastern Bulgaria on the Black Sea
    Mawlamyine
    a port city of southern Myanmar on the Gulf of Martaban
    Antofagasta
    a port city on the Pacific in northern Chile
    Valparaiso
    the chief port and second largest city of Chile; located on a wide harbor in central Chile
    Guangzhou
    a city on the Zhu Jiang delta in southern China; the capital of Guangdong province and a major deep-water port
    Dairen
    a port and shipbuilding center in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
    Port Arthur
    a major port city in northeastern China on the Liaodong Peninsula; now a part of Luda
    Shanghai
    the largest city of China; located in the east on the Pacific; one of the largest ports in the world
    Hong Kong
    formerly a Crown Colony on the coast of southern China in Guangdong province; leased by China to Britain in 1842 and returned in 1997; one of the world's leading commercial centers
    Barranquilla
    a port city of northern Colombia near the Caribbean on the Magdalena River
    Cartagena
    a port city in northwestern Colombia on the Caribbean
    Aspinwall
    a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal
    Acapulco de Juarez
    a port and fashionable resort city on the Pacific coast of southern Mexico; known for beaches and water sports (including cliff diving)
    Mazatlan
    a port city in western Mexico on the Pacific Ocean; tourist center
    Tampico
    a port city in eastern Mexico
    Veracruz
    a major Mexican port on the Gulf of Mexico in the state of Veracruz
    Santiago de Cuba
    a port city in southeastern Cuba; industrial center
    Montego Bay
    port and resort city in northwestern Jamaica
    capital of Barbados
    capital of Barbados; a port city on the southwestern coast of Barbados
    Cotonou
    chief port of Benin on the Bight of Benin
    Aarhus
    port city of Denmark in eastern Jutland
    Aalborg
    a city and port in northern Jutland
    capital of Djibouti
    port city on the Gulf of Aden; the capital and largest city of Djibouti
    capital of Norway
    the capital and largest city of Norway; the country's main port; located at the head of a fjord on Norway's southern coast
    Bergen
    a port city in southwestern Norway
    Stavanger
    a port city in southwestern Norway; center for shipbuilding industry
    Trondheim
    a port in central Norway on Trondheim Fjord
    Malmo
    a port in southern Sweden
    Gothenburg
    a port in southwestern Sweden; second largest city in Sweden
    Bremerhaven
    a port city in northwestern Germany at the mouth of the Weser River on the North Sea; has a deep natural harbor and is an important shipping center
    Hamburg
    a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
    Hannover
    a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
    Massawa
    a port town in Eritrea on an inlet of the Red Sea
    capital of Finland
    the capital and largest city of Finland; located in southern Finland; a major port and commercial and cultural center
    Maarianhamina
    a town that is the chief port of the Aland islands
    Korinthos
    the modern Greek port near the site of the ancient city that was second only to Athens
    Patrai
    a port city in western Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese on an inlet of the Ionian Sea; was a major trade center from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century BC; commercial importance revived during the Middle Ages
    Thessalonica
    a port city in northeastern Greece on an inlet of the Aegean Sea; second largest city of Greece
    Accho
    a town and port in northwestern Israel in the eastern Mediterranean
    Haifa
    a major port in northwestern Israel
    Jaffa
    a port in western Israel on the Mediterranean; incorporated into Tel Aviv in 1950
    Naples
    a port and tourist center in southwestern Italy; capital of the Campania region
    Messina
    a port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina
    Brindisi
    a port city in southeastern Apulia in Italy; a center for the Crusades in the Middle Ages
    La Spezia
    a port city in Liguria on an arm of the Ligurian Sea; a major seaport and year-round resort
    Palermo
    the capital of Sicily; located in northwestern Sicily; an important port for 3000 years
    Dubrovnik
    a port city in southwestern Croatia on the Adriatic; a popular tourist center
    Victoria
    capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia on Vancouver Island
    Vancouver
    a port city in southwestern British Columbia on an arm of the Pacific Ocean opposite Vancouver Island; Canada's chief Pacific port and third largest city
    Saint John
    a port in eastern Canada; the largest city in New Brunswick
    Saint John's
    a port and provincial capital of Newfoundland
    Hamilton
    a port city in southeastern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario
    Thunder Bay
    a port city in Ontario on Lake Superior
    Hobart
    a port and state capital of Tasmania
    Chittagong
    a port city and industrial center in southeastern Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal
    Antwerpen
    a busy port and financial center in northern Belgium on the Scheldt river; it has long been a center for the diamond industry and the first stock exchange was opened there in 1460
    Ghent
    port city in northwestern Belgium and industrial center; famous for cloth industry
    St. Mary of Bethlehem
    port city in northern Brazil in the Amazon delta; main port and commercial center for the Amazon River basin
    Natal
    a port city in northeastern Brazil
    Pernambuco
    a port city of northeastern Brazil on the Atlantic
    Santos
    a port city in southwestern Brazil on an offshore island near Sao Paulo
    Kingston-upon Hull
    a large fishing port in northeastern England
    Liverpool
    a large city in northwestern England; its port is the country's major outlet for industrial exports
    Bristol
    an industrial city and port in southwestern England near the mouth of the River Avon
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    a port city in northeastern England on the River Tyne; a center for coal exports (giving rise to the expression `carry coals to Newcastle' meaning to do something unnecessary)
    Portsmouth
    a port city in southern England on the English Channel; Britain's major naval base
    Sunderland
    a port and industrial city in northeastern England
    capital of Ireland
    capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
    Cork
    a port city in southern Ireland
    Galway
    a port city in western Ireland on Galway Bay
    Limerick
    port city in southwestern Ireland
    Waterford
    a port city in southern Ireland; famous for glass industry
    Ayr
    a port in southwestern Scotland
    Glasgow
    largest city in Scotland; a port on the Clyde in west central Scotland; one of the great shipbuilding centers of the world
    Newport
    a port city in southeastern Wales
    Swansea
    a port city in southern Wales on an inlet of the Bristol Channel
    El Iskandriyah
    the chief port of Egypt; located on the western edge of the Nile delta on the Mediterranean Sea; founded by Alexander the Great; the capital of ancient Egypt
    Egyptian capital
    the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa; a major port just to the south of the Nile delta; formerly the home of the Pharaohs
    Samarang
    a port city is southern Indonesia; located in northern Java
    Abadan
    a port city in southwestern Iran
    Basia
    the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
    Osaka
    port city on southern Honshu on Osaka Bay; a commercial and industrial center of Japan
    Yokohama
    port city on southeastern Honshu in central Japan
    Kobe
    a port city in Japan on Osaka Bay in southern Honshu; was damaged by an earthquake in 1995
    Hiroshima
    a port city on the southwestern coast of Honshu in Japan; on August 6, 1945 Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
    Nagasaki
    a city in southern Japan on Kyushu; a leading port and shipbuilding center; on August 9, 1945 Nagasaki became the second populated area to receive an atomic bomb
    Kisumu
    a port city in western Kenya on the northeastern shore of Lake Victoria; fishing and trading center
    Mombasa
    a port city in southern Kenya on a coral island in a bay of the Indian Ocean
    Bordeaux
    a port city in southwestern France; a major center of the wine trade
    Brest
    a port city in northwestern France (in Brittany); the chief naval station of France
    Calais
    a town in northern France on the Strait of Dover that serves as a ferry port to England; in 1347 it was captured by the English king Edward III after a long siege and remained in English hands until it was recaptured by the French king Henry II in 1558
    Cannes
    a port and resort city on the French Riviera; site of an annual film festival
    Cherbourg
    a port town in northwestern France on the English Channel; site of a naval base
    Dunkerque
    a seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
    Le Havre
    a port city in northern France on the English Channel at the mouth of the Seine
    Marseilles
    a port city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean
    Nantes
    a port city in western France on the Loire estuary
    Toulon
    a port city and naval base in southeastern France on the Mediterranean coast
    capital of Gambia
    a port city and capital of Gambia
    capital of Guinea
    a port and the capital of Guinea
    Georgetown
    port city and the capital and largest city of Guyana
    capital of Iceland
    the capital and chief port of Iceland on the southwestern coast of Iceland; buildings are heated by natural hot water
    Chemulpo
    a port city in western South Korea on the Yellow Sea
    Pusan
    a city in southeastern South Korea on the Korean Strait; the chief port and second largest city
    Tarabulus Ash-Sham
    a port city and commercial center in northwestern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea
    Tyre
    a port in southern Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea; formerly a major Phoenician seaport famous for silks
    capital of Liberia
    the capital and chief port and largest city of Liberia
    Benghazi
    port in northern Libya on the Gulf of Sidra; formerly a joint capital of Libya with Tripoli
    Port Louis
    capital and chief port of Mauritius; located on the northwestern coast of the island
    Casablanca
    a port on the Atlantic and the largest city of Morocco
    Beira
    a port city in eastern Mozambique on the Mozambique Channel
    Auckland
    the largest city and principal port of New Zealand
    Lagos
    chief port and economic center of Nigeria; located in southwestern Nigeria on the Gulf of Guinea; former capital of Nigeria
    capital of Oman
    a port on the Gulf of Oman and capital of the sultanate of Oman
    capital of Paraguay
    the capital and chief port of Paraguay
    Danzig
    a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
    capital of Portugal
    capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic
    Oporto
    port city in northwest Portugal; noted for port wine
    Setubal
    a port city on the Atlantic coast of Portugal to the southeast of Lisbon
    capital of Qatar
    the capital and chief port of Qatar
    Castries
    a port on the island of Saint Lucia; capital and largest city of Saint Lucia
    Pango Pango
    a port in American Samoa
    Jed'dah
    port city in western Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea; near Mecca
    capital of Senegal
    the capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal
    capital of Seychelles
    port city and the capital of Seychelles
    capital of Sierra Leone
    port city and the capital and largest city of Sierra Leone
    capital of Somalia
    the capital and largest city of Somalia; a port on the Indian Ocean
    Cape Town
    port city in southwestern South Africa; the seat of the legislative branch of the government of South Africa
    Durban
    a port city in eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean; resort and industrial center
    Murmansk
    a port city in northwestern Russia on the Kola Peninsula; the largest city to the north of the Arctic Circle; an important supply line to Russia in World War I and World War II
    Rostov na Donu
    a seaport on the Don River near the Sea of Azov in the European part of Russia
    capital of Estonia
    a port city on the Gulf of Finland that is the capital and largest city of Estonia
    capital of Latvia
    a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
    Dneprodzerzhinsk
    port city and industrial center in east central Ukraine on the Dnieper River
    Odessa
    a port city of south central Ukraine on an arm of the Black Sea
    capital of Azerbaijan
    a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
    Barcelona
    a city in northeastern Spain on the Mediterranean; 2nd largest Spanish city and the largest port and commercial center; has been a center for radical political beliefs
    Cadiz
    an ancient port city in southwestern Spain
    Cartagena
    a port in southeastern Spain on the Mediterranean
    Malaga
    a port city and resort in Andalusia in southern Spain on the Mediterranean
    Sevilla
    a city in southwestern Spain; a major port and cultural center; the capital of bullfighting in Spain
    Port Sudan
    port city in Sudan on the Red Sea
    capital of Suriname
    the capital and largest city and major port of Surinam
    Al Ladhiqiyah
    a seaport on the western coast of Syria
    capital of Tanzania
    the capital and largest port city of Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
    Tanga
    a port city in northeastern Tanzania on the Indian Ocean
    capital of Thailand
    the capital and largest city and chief port of Thailand; a leading city in southeastern Asia; noted for Buddhist architecture
    capital of Tunisia
    the capital and principal port of Tunisia
    Sousse
    a port city in eastern Tunisia on the Mediterranean
    Antalya
    a port city in southwestern Turkey on the Gulf of Antalya
    Smyrna
    a port city in western Turkey
    Dubai
    port city in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf
    Mobile
    a port in southwestern Alabama on Mobile Bay
    Valdez
    a port on Alaska's southern coast from which oil is shipped to markets around the world
    Oakland
    a city in western California on San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco; primarily and industrial urban center
    Bridgeport
    a port in southwestern Connecticut on Long Island Sound
    Savannah
    a port in eastern Georgia near the mouth of the Savannah river
    capital of Hawaii
    the capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu
    Windy City
    largest city in Illinois; a bustling Great Lakes port that extends 26 miles along the southwestern shoreline of Lake Michigan
    Baltimore
    the largest city in Maryland; a major seaport and industrial center
    Alpena
    a town in northern Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
    Motor City
    the largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor
    Duluth
    a city in northeast Minnesota on Lake Superior
    Gateway to the West
    the largest city in Missouri; a busy river port on the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri River; was an important staging area for wagon trains westward in the 19th century
    Portsmouth
    a port town in southeastern New Hampshire on the Atlantic Ocean
    Charleston
    a port city in southeastern South Carolina
    Houston
    the largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Newport News
    a port city in southeastern Virginia at the mouth of the James River off Hampton Roads; large shipyards
    Norfolk
    port city located in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay; headquarters of the Atlantic fleet of the United States Navy
    Portsmouth
    a port city in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River opposite Norfolk; naval base; shipyards
    Ciudad Bolivar
    a port in eastern Venezuela on the Orinoco river
    Cumana
    a port city in northeastern Venezuela on the Caribbean Sea; founded in 1523, it is the oldest European settlement in South America
    Maracaibo
    a port city in northwestern Venezuela; a major oil center
    Haiphong
    a port city in northern Vietnam; industrial center
    Aden
    an important port of Yemen; located on the Gulf of Aden; its strategic location has made it a major trading center of southern Arabia since ancient times
    Al-Hudaydah
    an important port in Yemen on the Red Sea
    Al-Mukalla
    a port in southern Yemen on the Gulf of Aden to the east of Aden
    Caesarea
    an ancient seaport in northwestern Israel; an important Roman city in ancient Palestine
    Nogales
    a town in Arizona on the Mexican border opposite Nogales, Mexico
    City of the Angels
    a city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States
    San Diego
    a picturesque city of southern California on San Diego Bay near the Mexican border; site of an important naval base
    San Francisco
    a port in western California near the Golden Gate that is one of the major industrial and transportation centers; it has one of the world's finest harbors; site of the Golden Gate Bridge
    Jacksonville
    Florida's largest city; a port and important commercial center in northeastern Florida
    Miami
    a city and resort in southeastern Florida on Biscayne Bay; the best known city in Florida; a haven for retirees and a refuge for Cubans fleeing Castro
    Panama City
    a resort and fishing town on the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida
    Tampa
    a resort city in western Florida; located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico
    Brunswick
    a town in southeast Georgia near the Atlantic coast; a port of entry
    Columbus
    a city in western Georgia on the Chattahoochee River; industrial center
    Pearl Harbor
    a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941
    Gary
    a city in northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan; steel production
    New Orleans
    a port and largest city in Louisiana; located in southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi river; a major center for offshore drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico; jazz originated here among black musicians in the late 19th century; Mardi Gras is celebrated here each year
    Boston Harbor
    the seaport at Boston
    Houghton
    a town in northwest Michigan on the Upper Peninsula
    Saginaw
    a town in east central Michigan on an arm of Lake Huron
    Greater New York
    the largest city in New York State and in the United States; located in southeastern New York at the mouth of the Hudson river; a major financial and cultural center
    Portland
    freshwater port and largest city in Oregon; located in northwestern Oregon on the Willamette River which divides the city into east and west sections; renowned for its beautiful natural setting among the mountains
    Erie
    a port city on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania
    Brownsville
    a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande near its mouth into the Gulf of Mexico; has a channel that accommodates oceangoing ships
    Laredo
    a city in southern Texas on the Rio Grande
    Aberdeen
    a town in western Washington
    Bellingham
    a town in northwestern Washington on a bay near the Canadian border
    Seattle
    a major port of entry and the largest city in Washington; located in west central Washington on the protected waters of Puget Sound with the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Ranier visible to the south and east; an aerospace and computer center; site of the University of Washington
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    entrepot, transshipment center
    a port where merchandise can be imported and then exported without paying import duties
    free port
    a port open on equal terms to all commercial vessels
    home port
    the port from which a ship originates of where it is registered
    outport
    a subsidiary port built in deeper water than the original port (but usually farther from the center of trade)
    point of entry, port of entry
    a port in the United States where customs officials are stationed to oversee the entry and exit of people and merchandise
    harbor, harbour, haven, seaport
    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
    treaty port
    a port in China or Korea or Japan that once was open to foreign trade on the basis of a trading treaty
    coaling station
    a seaport where ships can take on supplies of coal
    port of call
    any port where a ship stops except its home port
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    geographic point, geographical point
    a point on the surface of the Earth
  2. verb
    bring to port
    “the captain ported the ship at night”
  3. verb
    land at or reach a port
    “The ship finally ported
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    land, set down
    reach or come to rest
  4. noun
    an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
    synonyms: embrasure, porthole
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    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
  5. noun
    (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals)
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    parallel interface, parallel port
    an interface between a computer and a printer where the computer sends multiple bits of information to the printer simultaneously
    serial port
    an interface (commonly used for modems and mice and some printers) that transmits data a bit at a time
    SCSI, small computer system interface
    interface consisting of a standard port between a computer and its peripherals that is used in some computers
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    computer circuit
    a circuit that is part of a computer
  6. verb
    modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. noun
    the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
    synonyms: larboard
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    starboard
    the right side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
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    side
    an extended outer surface of an object
  8. adjective
    located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
    synonyms: larboard
    left
    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
  9. verb
    turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship
    “The big ship was slowly porting
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    turn
    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  10. verb
    put or turn on the left side, of a ship
    port the helm”
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    turn
    cause to move around or rotate
  11. noun
    sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
    synonyms: port wine
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    fortified wine
    wine to which alcohol (usually grape brandy) has been added
  12. verb
    drink port
    “We were porting all in the club after dinner”
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    booze, drink, fuddle
    consume alcohol
  13. verb
    carry, bear, convey, or bring
    “The small canoe could be ported easily”
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    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  14. verb
    carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons
    port a rifle”
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    carry, transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
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