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."

Primary Meanings of port

1.
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a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
bring to port
2.
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an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
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the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
located on the left side of a ship or aircraft
turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship
4.
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sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
drink port
5.
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carry, bear, convey, or bring
Full Definitions of port
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n 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
Type of:
geographic point, geographical point
a point on the surface of the Earth

v bring to port

“the captain ported the ship at night”

v land at or reach a port

“The ship finally ported
Type of:
land, set down
reach or come to rest
2

n an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

Synonyms:
embrasure, porthole
Type of:
opening
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

n (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)

Synonyms:
interface
Types:
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
Type of:
computer circuit
a circuit that is part of a computer

v modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
3

n the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose

Synonyms:
larboard
Antonyms:
starboard
the right side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
Type of:
side
an extended outer surface of an object

adj 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

v turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship

“The big ship was slowly porting
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v put or turn on the left side, of a ship

port the helm”
Type of:
turn
cause to move around or rotate
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n sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal

Synonyms:
port wine
Type of:
fortified wine
wine to which alcohol (usually grape brandy) has been added

v drink port

“We were porting all in the club after dinner”
Type of:
booze, drink, fuddle
consume alcohol
5

v carry, bear, convey, or bring

“The small canoe could be ported easily”
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

v carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons

port a rifle”
Type of:
carry, transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

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