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Meaning of PORT

Pronunciation:  powrt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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)
  2. [n]  the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the bow or nose
  3. [n]  an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
  4. [n]  sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
  5. [n]  
  6. [adj]  on the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft when facing forward; "the port side"
  7. [v]  drink port; "We were porting all night in the club"
  8. [v]  carry, bear, convey, or bring; "The small canoe could be ported easily"
  9. [v]  carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, esp. of weapons; "port a rifle"
  10. [v]  turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship; "The big ship was slowly porting"
  11. [v]  land at or reach a port; "The ship finally ported"
  12. [v]  bring to port; "the captain ported the ship at night"
  13. [v]  put or turn on the left side, of a ship; "port the helm"
  14. [v]  transfer data from one computer to another via a cable that links connecting ports

PORT is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: embrasure, interface, larboard, larboard, left, port wine, porthole
 Antonyms: right, starboard, starboard
 See Also: Aalborg, Aarhus, Acapulco, Acapulco de Juarez, Accho, Acre, Akka, Akko, Alborg, Algerian capital, Algiers, Angolan capital, Antofagasta, Arhus, Aspinwall, Bergen, booze, Bridgetown, Brindisi, Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, capital of Barbados, capital of Djibouti, capital of Finland, capital of Norway, carry, Cartagena, Chittagong, Christiania, Colon, computer circuit, Corinth, Cotonou, Djibouti, drink, Dubrovnik, Durazzo, Durres, entrepot, Finnish capital, fortified wine, free port, fuddle, geographic point, geographical point, Goeteborg, Goteborg, Gothenburg, Haifa, Hamilton, Hannover, Hanover, harbor, harbour, haven, Helsingfors, Helsinki, Hobart, Jaffa, Joppa, Korinthos, La Spezia, land, Luanda, Maarianhamina, Malmo, Mariehamn, Mazatlan, Messina, Montego Bay, Naples, Napoli, Nidaros, opening, Oran, Oslo, outport, Palermo, parallel interface, parallel port, point of entry, port of entry, Ragusa, Saint John, Saint John's, Salonica, Salonika, Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, SCSI, seaport, serial port, set down, side, small computer system interface, St. John, St. John's, Stavanger, Tampico, Thessalonica, Thessaloniki, Thunder Bay, transfer, transport, transshipment center, treaty port, Trondheim, turn, Valparaiso, Vancouver, Veracruz, Victoria, Yafo



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Port\, n. [From Oporto, in Portugal, i. e., ? porto the
    port, L. portus. See {Port} harbor.]
    A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It
    contains a large percentage of alcohol.
  2. \Port\, n. [AS. port, L. portus: cf. F. port. See {Farm},
    v., {Ford}, and 1st, 3d, & 4h {Port}.]
    1. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a
       sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used
       also figuratively.
       Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads. --Shak.
       We are in port if we have Thee.             --Keble.
    2. 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.
    {Free port}. See under {Free}.
    {Port bar}. (Naut,)
       (a) A boom. See {Boom}, 4, also {Bar}, 3.
       (b) A bar, as of sand, at the mouth of, or in, a port.
    {Port charges} (Com.), charges, as wharfage, etc., to which a
       ship or its cargo is subjected in a harbor.
    {Port of entry}, a harbor where a customhouse is established
       for the legal entry of merchandise.
    {Port toll} (Law), a payment made for the privilege of
       bringing goods into port.
    {Port warden}, the officer in charge of a port; a harbor
  3. \Port\, n. [F. porte, L. porta, akin to portus; cf. AS.
    porte, fr. L. porta. See {Port} a harbor, and cf. {Porte}.]
    1. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place;
       a gate; a door; a portal. [Archaic]
             Him I accuse The city ports by this hath entered.
             Form their ivory port the cherubim Forth issuing.
    2. (Naut.) 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.
             Her ports being within sixteen inches of the water.
                                                   --Sir W.
    3. (Mach.) 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.
    {Air port}, {Bridle port}, etc. See under {Air}, {Bridle},
    {Port bar} (Naut.), a bar to secure the ports of a ship in a
    {Port lid} (Naut.), a lid or hanging for closing the
       portholes of a vessel.
    {Steam port}, & {Exhaust port} (Steam Engine), the ports of
       the cylinder communicating with the valve or valves, for
       the entrance or exit of the steam, respectively.
  4. \Port\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ported}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Porting}.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See {Port}
    1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.]
             They are easily ported by boat into other shires.
    2. (Mil.) 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.
             Began to hem him round with ported spears. --Milton.
    {Port arms}, a position in the manual of arms, executed as
  5. \Port\, n. [F. port, fr. porter to carry, L. portare, prob.
    akin to E. fare, v. See {Port} harbor, and cf. {Comport},
    {Export}, {Sport}.]
    The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment;
    carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of
    living; as, a proud port. --Spenser.
          And of his port as meek as is a maid.    --Chaucer.
          The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port
          in the world.                            --South.
  6. \Port\, n. [Etymology uncertain.] (Naut.)
    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.
  7. \Port\, v. t. (Naut.)
    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.
Computing Dictionary

1. A logical channel or channel endpoint in a communications system. The transmission control protocol and user datagram protocol transport layer protocols used on ethernet use port numbers to distinguish between (demultiplex) different logical channels on the same network interface on the same computer.

Each application program has a unique port number associated with it, defined in /etc/services or the network information service "services" database. Some protocols, e.g. telnet and http (which is actually a special form of telnet) have default ports specified as above but can use other ports as well.

Some port numbers are defined in rfc 1700, divided into well-known ports and registered ports.

2. To translate or modify software to run on a different platform, or the results of doing so. The portability of the software determines how easy it is to port.

3. An imperative language descended from zed from waterloo microsystems (now hayes Canada) ca. 1979.

["Port Language" document in the Waterloo Port Development System].

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