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Port vs. Harbor

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Portnoun

A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers.

Harbornoun

Shelter, refuge.

Portnoun

A town or city containing such a place, a port city.

Harbornoun

Any place of shelter.

‘The neighborhood is a well-known harbor for petty thieves.’;

Portnoun

The left-hand side of a vessel, including aircraft, when one is facing the front. Port does not change based on the orientation of the person aboard the craft.

Harbornoun

(obsolete) A house of the zodiac, or the mansion of a heavenly body.

Portnoun

An entryway or gate.

Harbornoun

A sheltered expanse of water, adjacent to land, in which ships may dock or anchor, especially for loading and unloading.

‘A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return - Sarah Orne Jewett’;

Portnoun

An opening or doorway in the side of a ship, especially for boarding or loading; an embrasure through which a cannon may be discharged; a porthole.

Harbornoun

A mixing box for materials in glass-working.

Portnoun

A space between two stones wide enough for a delivered stone or bowl to pass through.

Harborverb

(transitive) To provide a harbor or safe place for.

‘The docks, which once harbored tall ships, now harbor only petty thieves.’;

Portnoun

An opening where a connection (such as a pipe) is made.

Harborverb

(intransitive) To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.

‘The fleet harbored in the south.’;

Portnoun

(computing) A logical or physical construct in and from which data are transferred. Computer port (hardware)

Harborverb

(transitive) To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.

‘She harbors a conviction that her husband has a secret, criminal past.’;

Portnoun

(computing) A female connector of an electronic device, into which a cable's male connector can be inserted.

Harbornoun

A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.

‘[A grove] fair harbour that them seems.’; ‘For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.’;

Portnoun

Something used to carry a thing, especially a frame for wicks in candle-making.

Harbornoun

Specif.: A lodging place; an inn.

Portnoun

(archaic) The manner in which a person carries himself; bearing; deportment; carriage. See also portance.

Harbornoun

The mansion of a heavenly body.

Portnoun

(military) The position of a weapon when ported; a rifle position executed by throwing the weapon diagonally across the front of the body, with the right hand grasping the small of the stock and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder.

Harbornoun

A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven.

Portnoun

(computing) A program that has been adapted, modified, or recoded so that it works on a different platform from the one for which it was created; the act of this adapting.

‘Gamers can't wait until a port of the title is released on the new system.’; ‘The latest port of the database software is the worst since we made the changeover.’;

Harbornoun

A mixing box for materials.

Portnoun

A set of files used to build and install a binary executable file from the source code of an application.

Harborverb

To afford lodging to; to entertain as a guest; to shelter; to receive; to give a refuge to; to indulge or cherish (a thought or feeling, esp. an ill thought); as, to harbor a grudge.

‘Any place that harbors men.’; ‘The bare suspicion made it treason to harbor the person suspected.’; ‘Let not your gentle breast harbor one thought of outrage.’;

Portnoun

A type of very sweet fortified wine, mostly dark red, traditionally made in Portugal.

Harborverb

To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor.

‘For this night let's harbor here in York.’;

Portnoun

A suitcase, particularly a schoolbag.

Harbornoun

a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

Portadjective

(nautical) Of or relating to port, the left-hand side of a vessel.

‘on the port side’;

Harbornoun

a place of refuge and comfort and security

Portverb

To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; said of the helm.

‘Port your helm!’;

Harborverb

maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings);

‘bear a grudge’; ‘entertain interesting notions’; ‘harbor a resentment’;

Portverb

To carry, bear, or transport. See porter.

Harborverb

secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

Portverb

(military) To hold or carry (a weapon) with both hands so that it lays diagonally across the front of the body, with the barrel or similar part near the left shoulder and the right hand grasping the small of the stock; or, to throw (the weapon) into this position on command.

‘Port arms!’;

Harborverb

keep in one's possession; of animals

Portverb

To adapt, modify, or create a new version of, a program so that it works on a different platform. Porting (computing)

Harborverb

hold back a thought or feeling about;

‘She is harboring a grudge against him’;

Portverb

(telephony) To carry or transfer an existing telephone number from one telephone service provider to another.

Harbor

A harbor (American English) or harbour (British English; see spelling differences) (synonym: haven) is a sheltered body of water where ships, boats, and barges can be docked. The term harbor is often used interchangeably with port, which is a man-made facility built for loading and unloading vessels and dropping off and picking up passengers.

Portverb

To transfer a voucher or subsidy from one jurisdiction to another.

Portnoun

A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It contains a large percentage of alcohol.

Portnoun

A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used also figuratively.

‘Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads.’; ‘We are in port if we have Thee.’;

Portnoun

In law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages.

Portnoun

A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place; a gate; a door; a portal.

‘Him I accuseThe city ports by this hath entered.’; ‘Form their ivory port the cherubimForth issuing.’;

Portnoun

An opening in the side of a vessel; an embrasure through which cannon may be discharged; a porthole; also, the shutters which close such an opening.

‘Her ports being within sixteen inches of the water.’;

Portnoun

A passageway in a machine, through which a fluid, as steam, water, etc., may pass, as from a valve to the interior of the cylinder of a steam engine; an opening in a valve seat, or valve face.

Portnoun

The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment; carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of living; as, a proud port.

‘And of his port as meek as is a maid.’; ‘The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port in the world.’;

Portnoun

The larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern toward the bow); as, a vessel heels to port. See Note under Larboard. Also used adjectively.

Portverb

To carry; to bear; to transport.

‘They are easily ported by boat into other shires.’;

Portverb

To throw, as a musket, diagonally across the body, with the lock in front, the right hand grasping the small of the stock, and the barrel sloping upward and crossing the point of the left shoulder; as, to port arms.

‘Began to hem him round with ported spears.’;

Portverb

To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; - said of the helm, and used chiefly in the imperative, as a command; as, port your helm.

Portnoun

a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country

Portnoun

sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal

Portnoun

an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through

Portnoun

the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the bow or nose

Portnoun

(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)

Portverb

transfer data from one computer to another via a cable that links connecting ports

Portverb

put or turn on the left side, of a ship;

‘port the helm’;

Portverb

bring to port;

‘the captain ported the ship at night’;

Portverb

land at or reach a port;

‘The ship finally ported’;

Portverb

turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship;

‘The big ship was slowly porting’;

Portverb

carry, bear, convey, or bring;

‘The small canoe could be ported easily’;

Portverb

carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons;

‘port a rifle’;

Portverb

drink port;

‘We were porting all in the club after dinner’;

Portadjective

located on the left side of a ship or aircraft

Portnoun

a town or city with a harbour or access to navigable water where ships load or unload

‘the French port of Toulon’; ‘Port Elizabeth’;

Portnoun

a harbour

‘Belfast's port facilities’;

Portnoun

a strong, sweet dark red (occasionally brown or white) fortified wine, originally from Portugal, typically drunk as a dessert wine

‘tawny ports do not need decanting’; ‘they settled down to a final glass of port’;

Portnoun

the side of a ship or aircraft that is on the left when one is facing forward

‘the ferry was listing to port’; ‘the port side of the aircraft’;

Portnoun

an opening in the side of a ship for boarding or loading.

Portnoun

a porthole

‘the cabin has rectangular ports set just below sheer in each quarter’;

Portnoun

an opening in the body of an aircraft or in a wall or armoured vehicle through which a gun may be fired; a gun port.

Portnoun

an opening for the passage of steam, liquid, or gas

‘loss of fuel from the exhaust port’;

Portnoun

a socket in a computer network into which a device can be plugged

‘a communications port for optional cellular and other wireless modules’;

Portnoun

a gate or gateway, especially into a walled city.

Portnoun

the position required by an order to port a weapon

‘Parker had his rifle at the port’;

Portnoun

a person's carriage or bearing

‘she has the proud port of a princess’;

Portnoun

a transfer of software from one system or machine to another

‘the first port of a commercial database to this operating system’;

Portnoun

a suitcase or travelling bag

‘she packed her ports and walked out’;

Portverb

turn (a ship or its helm) to port

‘the yacht immediately raised all sail and ported her helm’;

Portverb

transfer (software) from one system or machine to another

‘the software can be ported to practically any platform’;

Portverb

carry or convey

‘we ported the milk cans from the plentiful water supply of the gym’;

Portverb

carry (a rifle or other weapon) diagonally across and close to the body with the barrel or blade near the left shoulder

‘Detail! For inspection—port arms!’;

Port

A port is a maritime facility comprising one or more wharves or loading areas, where ships load and discharge cargo and passengers. Although usually situated on a sea coast or estuary, ports can also be found far inland, such as Hamburg, Manchester and Duluth; these access the sea via rivers or canals.

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