port (s) (noun)
, ports (pl)
1. A town or city where sea vessels stop to load and to unload cargo: The Los Angeles port receives a great deal of goods for distribution to the rest of the United States.
2. A part of a computer in which a cable is inserted so a user can connect another piece of equipment: Bert placed a connection to his printer in the right port of his computer.
3. The side of a ship or aircraft which is on the left side when a person is looking toward the front: The part that is the opposite of the right side of a ship, called the "starboard", is known as the port side.
4. An aperture in the wall of a building or vehicle typically used for the discharge of weapons or for looking through: When the ship came into harbor, Victoria peeked through the port of her quarters to look at the buildings on the shore.
portcullis (s) (noun)
, porticullises (pl)
A gate or moveable barrier which may be raised or lowered to block a passage or entrance into an area: In medieval times, the portcullis was put into place at night fall; especially, during the winter to protect the monastery.
porte-cochere, porte cochère (s) (noun)
; porte cocheres, porte cochères (pl)
1. A canopy extending out from the entrance of a building that shelters those getting in and out of vehicles: Andre had a porte-cochere connected to his house that people could drive under and be protected from rain or other bad weather conditions as they got out of their cars.
2. Etymology: from French, "carriage entrance"; which came from Latin porte, "gateway" + coche, "coach".
porter (s) (noun)
, porters (pl)
A person whose employment is to carry baggage; now especially, a worker for a railway company, a passenger boat, airport, hotel, etc.: The porter
used a pushcart to move Mona's luggage from the airport terminal to a taxicab.
When the taxi arrived at the hotel, Thomas, another porter working there, took Mona's suitcases, bags, etc. from the taxi into the hotel and then he made sure everything was safely delivered to her room.
porthole (s) (noun)
, portholes (pl)
A kind of window, typically round, in a stateroom on a ship or an aircraft that lets people look outside: Because the sun was shining so brightly through the porthole next to Mark's seat on the plane, he closed the curtain over it so he could watch the movie that was being shown.
portico (s) (noun)
; porticos, porticoes (pl)
A covered porch or entry way into a building, typically built without walls: The coach drew up under the portico so the passengers could get out and go in without getting wet.
portiere, portière (s) (noun)
; portieres, portières (pl)
1. A heavy curtain that is hanging over or in a doorway to replace the door or for decoration: The doorway between the living room and the hallway where Pamela's mother is living has a portière
instead of a door.
A portiere is often made of some heavy material; such as, velvet, and it is usually put on a brass rod so it can be moved occasionally and be opened and closed like a door.
2. Etymology: derived from the French word porte
, more portside, most portside
Descriptive of the water front bordering a harbor: Allison and Henry walked along the portside path while they were enjoying the fresh breezes from the sea during their vacation.
Portugal (s) (noun) (no plural form)
1. A country on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Atlantic Ocean next to Spain: When Rene was traveling during her holidays to Portugal many years ago, she recalled being fascinated by the variety of seafood that was available at the restaurants.
2. Etymology: from Medieval Latin Portus Cale, the Roman name of modern Oporto, "the port of Gaya".
seaport (s) (noun)
, seaports (pl)
The location of a town or city that is on the coast of a sea, ocean, or even by a major river which provides a harbor for ships, etc.: Doug was planning to sail on a container ship, or freighter, from a seaport
on the Mediterranean Sea.
Rotterdam is a seaport in the South West Netherlands; the second largest city of the Netherlands and one of the world's largest seaports with oil refineries, shipbuilding yards, etc.
Boston is a major seaport on the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the United States.