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noun port pronunciation in British English /pɔː(r)t/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] an area of water where ships stop, including the buildings around it. A harbour is the same thing but smaller and is intended for smaller boats

    At dusk they docked at the port of Monaco.

    in port:

    We’ll have to spend 10 days in port for repairs.

    1. a.
      a city where there is a port

      New York is the busiest port on the East Coast.

  2. 2
    [countable] computing a part of a computer that you fit a cable into so that you can connect another piece of equipment to it

    the printer port

  3. 3
    [uncountable] a strong sweet wine that people sometimes drink at the end of a meal
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the side of a ship or plane that is on your left when you are looking forwards. The part that is on your right is starboard.


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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