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porphyritic of or containing porphyry. [2 definitions]
porphyry a hard, purplish red rock containing coarse mineral crystals, esp. feldspar.
porpoise any of several sociable aquatic mammals, usu. with a dark back and paler underside, a blunt snout, and a triangular fin on the back. [2 definitions]
porridge boiled cereal grains or meal, such as oatmeal, usu. eaten with milk.
porringer a shallow bowl or cup, often with a handle, used esp. by children for soup, hot cereal, or the like.
port1 a place where ships load and unload, and its adjacent town or city. [4 definitions]
port2 the left-hand side of a ship or aircraft when facing forward. (Cf. starboard.) [4 definitions]
port3 a porthole or porthole covering. [3 definitions]
port4 a heavy sweet red wine.
port5 to carry (a military weapon) in both hands with the muzzle or blade near the left shoulder and the butt or hilt near the right hip. [3 definitions]
portable capable of being carried or transported. [4 definitions]
portable document format a file format (invented by Adobe Systems, Inc.) that represents documents created in a variety of word processing and desktop publishing programs as they were intended to appear, independently of the platform or hardware with which they are created or read.
portage the carrying of small boats or their cargo overland between two navigable waterways. [4 definitions]
portage trail a path made for carrying boats and other materials overland between bodies of water.
portal a doorway or entrance, esp. a large and imposing one. [3 definitions]
portal-to-portal pay a worker's wages computed from the moment of entering the workplace to the moment of leaving it.
portamento in music, a smooth sliding from one pitch to another, esp. with the voice, a violin, or the like.
portative able to be carried conveniently; portable. [2 definitions]
Port-au-Prince the seaport capital of Haiti.
port authority a government agency concerned with the road, air, and water traffic of a port or city.
portcullis a strong, sliding grill suspended at the top of a fortification gateway that can be lowered to prevent entry, as to a castle.