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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Port,
 
meaning larboard or left side, is an abbreviation of porta il timone (carry the helm). Porting arms is carrying them on the left hand.   1
   “To heel to port” is to lean on the left side (Saxon, hyldan, to incline). “To lurch to port” is to leap or roll over on the left side (Welsh, llercian).   2
       
“She gave a heel, and then a lurch to port,
And, going down head-foremost, sunk in short.”
       
Byron: Don Juan.
   Port. An air of music; martial music. Hence Tytler says, “I have never been able to meet with any of the ports here referred to” (Dissertation on Scotch Music). The word is Gaelic.   3
 


 Porridge.Port Royal Society. 

 
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