What is port?

  • (adj): Located on the left side of a ship or aircraft.
    Synonyms: larboard
    See also — Additional definitions below


A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter from wind and waves. Ports with deeper water are rarer, but can handle larger, more economical ships. Since ports throughout history handled every kind of traffic, support and storage facilities vary widely, may extend for miles, and dominate the local economy. Some ports have an important military role.

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... the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the riding of Port Moody-Westwood in the 2005 provincial election ... Votes Popular vote in riding 442. 0.03% Port Moody-Westwood James Filippelli 442 1.68% 335. 0.02% Port Moody-Coquitlam James Filippelli 198 1.03% Port Coquitlam Brent Williams 137 0.67% ...
Transport In Vietnam - Ports and Harbors
... Cam Ranh - large deep water port and used by Marco Polo during his voyages to China formerly a major military facility for the U.S ... Tien Sa seaport is the third largest sea port in Vietnam after Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong handles 3-4 million tons of cargo annually Hai Phong Ho Chi Minh City - a major port facility with several ...
Circulator - Types
... Circulators fall into two main classes 4-port waveguide circulators based on Faraday rotation of waves propagating in a magnetised material, and 3-port "Y-junction" circulators ... compact devices based on striplines are of the 3-port type ... are combined in a single component to give four or more ports, but these differ in behaviour from a true 4-port circulator ...
Islay Whisky - Distilleries - Closed Distilleries
... of distilleries which are now closed, the most famous being Port Ellen, which operated from 1825 to 1983 ... There is still a maltings at Port Ellen, which supplies many of the Islay distilleries with malted barley to their individual specifications ... announced the reopening of the distillery at Port Charlotte (Port Sgioba in Gaelic), which was closed in 1929, and was also known as the Lochindaal Distillery ...
... is a passive non-reciprocal three- or four-port device, in which a microwave or radio frequency signal entering any port is transmitted to the next port in rotation (only) ... A port in this context is a point where an external waveguide or transmission line (such as a microstrip line or a coaxial cable), connects to the device ... For a three-port circulator, a signal applied to port 1 only comes out of port 2 a signal applied to port 2 only comes out of port 3 a signal applied to port 3 only comes out of port 1 ...

More definitions of "port":

  • (noun): The left side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the bow or nose.
    Synonyms: larboard
  • (verb): Carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons.
    Example: "Port a rifle"
  • (verb): Transfer data from one computer to another via a cable that links connecting ports.
  • (verb): Put or turn on the left side, of a ship.
    Example: "Port the helm"
  • (verb): Turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship.
    Example: "The big ship was slowly porting"
  • (noun): (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).
    Synonyms: interface
  • (noun): A place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country.
  • (verb): Drink port.
    Example: "We were porting all in the club after dinner"
  • (verb): Bring to port.
    Example: "The captain ported the ship at night"
  • (verb): Land at or reach a port.
    Example: "The ship finally ported"
  • (verb): Carry, bear, convey, or bring.
    Example: "The small canoe could be ported easily"
  • (noun): Sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal.
    Synonyms: port wine
  • (noun): An opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through.
    Synonyms: embrasure, porthole

Famous quotes containing the word port:

    The very best place to be in all the world is St. Mary’s parish, Jamaica. And the best spot in St. Mary’s is Port Maria, though all of St. Mary’s is fine. Old Maker put himself to a lot of trouble to make that part of the island of Jamaica, for everything there is perfect.
    Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960)

    O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

    In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)