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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: aport (adv)
Definition: On or toward the port side of a ship; as in: “Come ten degrees aport.”
See Also: port

Term: free port (n)
Definition: A specially designated harbour, or portion of a harbour, where merchandise may be shipped or received without paying customs duty.

Term: hard aport (adv)
Definition: A turn all the way over as far as the helm will allow in the direction of the port side of the vessel.

Term: home port (n)
Definition: The port of origin listed on the documentation of a vessel, and displayed on hull lettering.

Term: outport (n)
Definition: 1) A landing destination remote from main harbours. 2) A small fishing village in Newfoundland.

Term: port (n)
Definition: 1) A coastal harbour offering safe anchorage, dockage, and facilities for offloading cargo. 2) The left side of a vessel when seen by someone facing the bow.
See Also: larboard, starboard, steering board

Term: port (adv)
Definition: As a command to the helmsman, indicating a steering direction toward the port side.

Term: port (adj)
Definition: Referring to the left side of a vessel when seen by someone facing the bow. Origin of the term comes from the ancient use of an oar or steering board which was always installed on the starboard (steering board) side. To come alongside a dock on that side would pin the steering board against the pilings making it useless, so boats always came alongside a dock on the other side, the port side.
See Also: larboard, starboard, steering board

Term: port of call (n)
Definition: A harbour facility that is on the planned itinerary of a voyage.

Term: port of entry (n)
Definition: A coastal harbour in foreign country at which a ship must make a formal stop for customs and immigration inspection.

Term: port tack (n)
Definition: Sailing with the wind coming over the port side of the vessel.
See Also: starboard tack

Term: portage (pron: port-edge, or por-tahj) (n)
Definition: 1) The part of a lake or river canoe voyage when the boat must be carried overland. 2) The usual pathway overland where boats must be carried from one body of water to another.

Term: porthole (n)
Definition: An opening in the topsides or deck structures that allow light in, and which may be opened for fresh air. Portholes are usually small, with a sturdy hinged glass cover called a portlight, that can be dogged shut against a watertight gasket. (From the French "porte" meaning "door.")
See Also: portlight
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Term: portlight (n)
Definition: The heavy glass cover for a porthole that can be opened for air, or dogged shut when the seas are rough.
See Also: deadlight

Term: seaport (n)
Definition: A coastal harbour offering safe anchorage, dockage, and facilities for offloading cargo. Port.

Term: sport fisherman (n)
Definition: 1) A hobby angler. 2) An offshore charter fishing boat specially equipped to troll for large game fish.

Term: transport (n)
Definition: A ship used to carry troops and military equipment to and from an area of conflict.

Term: port of last resort (n)
Definition: A harbor offering anchorage and dockage of such inferior quality that a ship would put in there only when there was no other alternative.
See Also: port


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