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English Dictionary: port by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. located on the left side of a ship or aircraft [syn: port, larboard]
  1. a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
  2. sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal
    Synonym(s): port, port wine
  3. an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
    Synonym(s): port, embrasure, porthole
  4. the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
    Synonym(s): larboard, port
    Antonym(s): starboard
  5. (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)
    Synonym(s): interface, port
  1. put or turn on the left side, of a ship; "port the helm"
  2. bring to port; "the captain ported the ship at night"
  3. land at or reach a port; "The ship finally ported"
  4. turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship; "The big ship was slowly porting"
  5. carry, bear, convey, or bring; "The small canoe could be ported easily"
  6. carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons; "port a rifle"
  7. drink port; "We were porting all in the club after dinner"
  8. modify (software) for use on a different machine or platform
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Induction \In*duc"tion\, n. [L. inductio: cf. F. induction. See
      1. The act or process of inducting or bringing in;
            introduction; entrance; beginning; commencement.
                     I know not you; nor am I well pleased to make this
                     time, as the affair now stands, the induction of
                     your acquaintance.                              --Beau. & Fl.
                     These promises are fair, the parties sure, And our
                     induction dull of prosperous hope.      --Shak.
      2. An introduction or introductory scene, as to a play; a
            preface; a prologue. [Obs.]
                     This is but an induction: I will d[?]aw The curtains
                     of the tragedy hereafter.                  --Massinger.
      3. (Philos.) The act or process of reasoning from a part to a
            whole, from particulars to generals, or from the
            individual to the universal; also, the result or inference
            so reached.
                     Induction is an inference drawn from all the
                     particulars.                                       --Sir W.
                     Induction is the process by which we conclude that
                     what is true of certain individuals of a class, is
                     true of the whole class, or that what is true at
                     certain times will be true in similar circumstances
                     at all times.                                    --J. S. Mill.
      4. The introduction of a clergyman into a benefice, or of an
            official into a office, with appropriate acts or
            ceremonies; the giving actual possession of an
            ecclesiastical living or its temporalities.
      5. (Math.) A process of demonstration in which a general
            truth is gathered from an examination of particular cases,
            one of which is known to be true, the examination being so
            conducted that each case is made to depend on the
            preceding one; -- called also {successive induction}.
      6. (Physics) The property by which one body, having
            electrical or magnetic polarity, causes or induces it in
            another body without direct contact; an impress of
            electrical or magnetic force or condition from one body on
            another without actual contact.
      {Electro-dynamic induction}, the action by which a variable
            or interrupted current of electricity excites another
            current in a neighboring conductor forming a closed
      {Electro-magnetic induction}, the influence by which an
            electric current produces magnetic polarity in certain
            bodies near or around which it passes.
      {Electro-static induction}, the action by which a body
            possessing a charge of statical electricity develops a
            charge of statical electricity of the opposite character
            in a neighboring body.
      {Induction coil}, an apparatus producing induced currents of
            great intensity. It consists of a coil or helix of stout
            insulated copper wire, surrounded by another coil of very
            fine insulated wire, in which a momentary current is
            induced, when a current (as from a voltaic battery),
            passing through the inner coil, is made, broken, or
            varied. The inner coil has within it a core of soft iron,
            and is connected at its terminals with a condenser; --
            called also {inductorium}, and {Ruhmkorff's coil}.
      {Induction pipe}, {port}, [or] {valve}, a pipe, passageway,
            or valve, for leading or admitting a fluid to a receiver,
            as steam to an engine cylinder, or water to a pump.
      {Magnetic induction}, the action by which magnetic polarity
            is developed in a body susceptible to magnetic effects
            when brought under the influence of a magnet.
      {Magneto-electric induction}, the influence by which a magnet
            excites electric currents in closed circuits.
      {Logical induction}, (Philos.), an act or method of reasoning
            from all the parts separately to the whole which they
            constitute, or into which they may be united collectively;
            the operation of discovering and proving general
            propositions; the scientific method.
      {Philosophical induction}, the inference, or the act of
            inferring, that what has been observed or established in
            respect to a part, individual, or species, may, on the
            ground of analogy, be affirmed or received of the whole to
            which it belongs. This last is the inductive method of
            Bacon. It ascends from the parts to the whole, and forms,
            from the general analogy of nature, or special
            presumptions in the case, conclusions which have greater
            or less degrees of force, and which may be strengthened or
            weakened by subsequent experience and experiment. It
            relates to actual existences, as in physical science or
            the concerns of life. Logical induction is founded on the
            necessary laws of thought; philosophical induction, on the
            interpretation of the indications or analogy of nature.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, n. [AS. port, L. portus: cf. F. port. See {Farm},
      v., {Ford}, and 1st, 3d, & 4h {Port}.]
      1. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a
            sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used
            also figuratively.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, n. [From Oporto, in Portugal, i. e., [?] porto the
      port, L. portus. See {Port} harbor.]
      A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It
      contains a large percentage of alcohol.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ported}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Porting}.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See {Port}
      1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.]
                     They are easily ported by boat into other shires.
      2. (Mil.) 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. --Milton.
      {Port arms}, a position in the manual of arms, executed as

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, n. [F. porte, L. porta, akin to portus; cf. AS.
      porte, fr. L. porta. See {Port} a harbor, and cf. {Porte}.]
      1. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place;
            a gate; a door; a portal. [Archaic]
                     Him I accuse The city ports by this hath entered.
                     Form their ivory port the cherubim Forth issuing.
      2. (Naut.) 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.
                                                                              --Sir W.
      3. (Mach.) 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.
      {Air port}, {Bridle port}, etc. See under {Air}, {Bridle},
      {Port bar} (Naut.), a bar to secure the ports of a ship in a
      {Port lid} (Naut.), a lid or hanging for closing the
            portholes of a vessel.
      {Steam port}, [and] {Exhaust port} (Steam Engine), the ports
            of the cylinder communicating with the valve or valves,
            for the entrance or exit of the steam, respectively.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, n. [F. port, fr. porter to carry, L. portare, prob.
      akin to E. fare, v. See {Port} harbor, and cf. {Comport},
      {Export}, {Sport}.]
      The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment;
      carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of
      living; as, a proud port. --Spenser.
               And of his port as meek as is a maid.      --Chaucer.
               The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port
               in the world.                                          --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, n. [Etymology uncertain.] (Naut.)
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Port \Port\, v. t. (Naut.)
      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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. A logical channel or channel endpoint in a
      communications system.   The {Transmission Control Protocol}
      and {User Datagram Protocol} {transport layer} protocols used
      on {Ethernet} use port numbers to distinguish between
      (demultiplex) different logical channels on the same {network
      interface} on the same computer.
      Each {application program} has a unique port number associated
      with it, defined in /etc/services or the {Network Information
      Service} "services" database.   Some {protocols}, e.g. {telnet}
      and {HTTP} (which is actually a special form of telnet) have
      default ports specified as above but can use other ports as
      Some port numbers are defined in {RFC 1700}, divided into
      {well-known ports} and {registered ports}.
      2. To translate or modify
      {software} to run on a different {platform}, or the results of
      doing so.   The {portability} of the software determines how
      easy it is to port.
      3. An {imperative} language descended from {Zed}
      from {Waterloo Microsystems} (now {Hayes} Canada) ca. 1979.
      ["Port Language" document in the Waterloo Port Development
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