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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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exp.
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.
n.
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
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