Topic: WATER

Sense: 1-2, 6
Date: 800-900
Language: 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 noun
port1 W2

where ships stop

[uncountable and countable]TTW 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.


[countable]TTW a town or city with a harbour or docks where ships can be loaded or unloaded:
Britain's largest port


[countable]TD a part of a computer where you can connect another piece of equipment, such as a printer


[uncountable]DFD strong sweet Portuguese wine that is usually drunk after a meal:
a glass of port

side of ship

[uncountable]TTW 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.

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

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