port of disembarkation meaning, port of disembarkation definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( ports    plural  )
1       n-count   A port is a town by the sea or on a river, which has a harbour.  
Port-Louis is an attractive little fishing port., ...the Mediterranean port of Marseilles.     
2       n-count   A port is a harbour area where ships load and unload goods or passengers.  
oft N n  
...the bridges which link the port area to the city centre.     
3       n-count   A port on a computer is a place where you can attach another piece of equipment, for example a printer.     (COMPUTING)  
4       adj   In sailing, the port side of a ship is the left side when you are on it and facing towards the front.     (TECHNICAL, Antonym: starboard)  
Her official number is carved on the port side of the forecabin.     
      Port is also a noun., n-uncount   usu to N     (Antonym: starboard)    USS Ogden turned to port.     
5       n-uncount   Port is a type of strong, sweet red wine.  
He asked for a glass of port after dinner.     

car port        ( car ports    plural  ) , carport   A car port is a shelter for cars which is attached to a house and consists of a flat roof supported on pillars.      n-count  
free port        ( free ports    plural  ) A free port is a port or airport where goods can be brought in from foreign countries without payment of duty if they are going to be exported again.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
port of call        ( ports of call    plural  )
1       n-count   A port of call is a place where a ship stops during a journey.  
Their first port of call will be Cape Town.     
2       n-count   A port of call is any place where you stop for a short time when you are visiting several places, shops, or people.  
INFORMAL   The local tourist office should be your first port of call in any town.     
serial port        ( serial ports    plural  ) A serial port on a computer is a place where you can connect the computer to a device such as a modem or a mouse.     (COMPUTING)      n-count  
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Port Out Starboard Home
Folk etymology: rich ship passengers paid for cabins on the side most in shadow. Supposedly shortened to P.O.S.H on tickets. No evidence for this origin; the word comes from 19th century slang.
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.


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