port1 [pôrt]
[ME < OFr & OE < L portus, haven, entrance: see FORD]
1. a harbor
2. a city or town with a harbor where ships can load and unload cargo
port2 [pôrt]
[after Oporto, city in Portugal]
a sweet, usually dark-red, fortified wine
port3 [pôrt]
[MFr porter < L portare, to carry: see FARE]
1. Now Rare to carry
2. to carry, hold, or place (a rifle or sword) in front of one, diagonally upward from right to left, as for inspection
[ME porte < MFr < the v.]
1. the manner in which one carries oneself; carriage
2. the position of a ported weapon
port4 [pôrt]
[< PORT1: so named because the side toward the port (dock), since the steering oar (see STARBOARD) prevented docking to the right]
the left-hand side of a ship, boat, or airplane as one faces forward: opposed to STARBOARD
1. of or on this side
2. designating a sailing tack on which the wind passes over the port side
vt., vi.
to move or turn (the helm) to the port side
port5 [pôrt]
[ME < OFr porte < L porta, door, akin to portus: see PORT1]
1. Now Scot. a portal; gateway, esp. to a town or city
b) a porthole covering
3. an opening, as in a cylinder face or valve face, for the passage of steam, gas, water, etc.
a) Electronics a place at which energy or signals enter or leave a device, circuit, etc.
b) Comput. the circuit, outlet, etc. which serves as a connection between a computer and its peripheral

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