port1 W2 [po:t US po:rt] n
1¦(where ships stop)¦
5¦(side of ship)¦
6 any port in a storm
[Sense: 1-2, 6; Date: 800-900; : Latin; Origin: portus]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: port 'ship's porthole' (13-21 centuries), from Old French porte 'gate, door', from Latin porta]
[Sense: 4; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Oporto, city in Portugal.]
[Sense: 5; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: port side, from PORT1; because it was the side from which ships were unloaded.]
1.) ¦(WHERE SHIPS STOP)¦ [U and C]
a place where ships can be loaded and unloaded
be in port
We'll have two days ashore while the ship is in port.
come into port/leave port
The ferry was about to leave port.
2.) ¦(TOWN)¦
a town or city with a ↑harbour or ↑docks where ships can be loaded or unloaded
Britain's largest port
3.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
a part of a computer where you can connect another piece of equipment, such as a ↑printer
4.) ¦(WINE)¦[U]
strong sweet Portuguese wine that is usually drunk after a meal
a glass of port
5.) ¦(SIDE OF SHIP)¦[U]
the left side of a ship or aircraft when you are looking towards the front
≠ ↑starboard
on the port side
to port
The plane tilted to port.
6.) any port in a storm
spoken used to say that you should take whatever help you can when you are in trouble, even if it has some disadvantages
port 2
port2 v [T]
to move software from one computer system to another
port sth from/to sth
Can Windows applications be ported to Unix?
>porting n [U]

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