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Meaning of PORTER

Pronunciation:  'powrtur, 'powrtur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  dark sweet ale brewed from black malt
  2. [n]  someone who guards the entrance to a building
  3. [n]  a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)
  4. [n]  a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
  5. [n]  American writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)
  6. [n]  United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)
  7. [n]  United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)
  8. [v]  act as a porter; carry as a porter

PORTER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: Cole Albert Porter, Cole Porter, door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, Katherine Anne Porter, O. Henry, ostiary, porter's beer, Pullman porter, redcap, William Sydney Porter
 See Also: ale, author, carry, commissionaire, composer, employee, guard, jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer, night porter, stout, ticket collector, ticket taker, transport, writer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Por"ter\, n. [F. portier, L. portarius, from porta a
    gate, door. See {Port} a gate.]
    A man who has charge of a door or gate; a doorkeeper; one who
    waits at the door to receive messages. --Shak.
          To him the porter openeth.               --John x. 3.
  2. \Por"ter\, n. [F. porteur, fr. porter to carry, L.
    portare. See {Port} to carry.]
    1. A carrier; one who carries or conveys burdens, luggage,
       etc.; for hire.
    2. (Forging) A bar of iron or steel at the end of which a
       forging is made; esp., a long, large bar, to the end of
       which a heavy forging is attached, and by means of which
       the forging is lifted and handled in hammering and
       heating; -- called also {porter bar}.
    3. A malt liquor, of a dark color and moderately bitter
       taste, possessing tonic and intoxicating qualities.
    Note: Porter is said to be so called as having been first
          used chiefly by the London porters, and this
          application of the word is supposed to be not older
          than 1750.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A membrane protein that functions to transport substances into and out of the cell.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a gate-keeper (2 Sam. 18:26; 2 Kings 7:10; 1 Chr. 9:21; 2 Chr. 8:14). Of the Levites, 4,000 were appointed as porters by David (1 Chr. 23:5), who were arranged according to their families (26:1-19) to take charge of the doors and gates of the temple. They were sometimes employed as musicians (1 Chr. 15:18).

Thesaurus Terms
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