Pronunciation: (pôrt, pōrt),[key] —n. 1. a city, town, or other place where ships load or unload.
2. a place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor.
3. Also called port of entry.Law.any place where persons and merchandise are allowed to pass, by water or land, into and out of a country and where customs officers are stationed to inspect or appraise imported goods.
4. a geographical area that forms a harbor: the largest port on the eastern seaboard. 5. Informal.an airport.
Pronunciation: (pôrt, pōrt),[key] —n. the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft, facing forward.
—adj. 1. pertaining to or designating port.
2. located on the left side of a vessel or aircraft.
—v.t., v.i. to turn or shift to the port, or left, side.
Pronunciation: (pôrt, pōrt),[key] —n. any of a class of very sweet wines, mostly dark-red, originally from Portugal.
Pronunciation: (pôrt, pōrt),[key] —n. 1. an opening in the side or other exterior part of a ship for admitting air and light or for taking on cargo. Cf. porthole (def. 1).
2. Mach.an aperture in the surface of a cylinder, for the passage of steam, air, water, etc.
3. a small aperture in an armored vehicle, aircraft, or fortification through which a gun can be fired or a camera directed.
4. Computers.a data connection in a computer to which a peripheral device or a transmission line from a remote terminal can be attached.
5. the raised center portion on a bit for horses.
6. Chiefly Scot.a gate or portal, as to a town or fortress.
—v.t. Computers.to create a new version of (an application program) to run on a different hardware platform (sometimes fol. by over).
Pronunciation: (pôrt, pōrt),[key] —v.t. Mil.to carry (a rifle or other weapon) with both hands, in a slanting direction across the front of the body, with the barrel or like part near the left shoulder.
—n. 1. Mil.the position of a rifle or other weapon when ported.
2. Archaic.manner of bearing oneself; carriage or deportment.