port ( 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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