Free port
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. [1913 Webster]

Peering in maps for ports and piers and roads. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We are in port if we have Thee. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

2. In law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages. [1913 Webster]

{Free port}. See under {Free}.

{Port bar}. (Naut,) (a) A boom. See {Boom}, 4, also {Bar}, 3. (b) A bar, as of sand, at the mouth of, or in, a port.

{Port charges} (Com.), charges, as wharfage, etc., to which a ship or its cargo is subjected in a harbor.

{Port of entry}, a harbor where a customhouse is established for the legal entry of merchandise.

{Port toll} (Law), a payment made for the privilege of bringing goods into port.

{Port warden}, the officer in charge of a port; a harbor master. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Free port — Free Free (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. {Freer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Freest} ( [e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre[ o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Free port — A free port (porto franco) or free zone (US: Foreign Trade Zone) is a port or area with relaxed jurisdiction with respect to the country of location. Free economic zones may also be called free ports. Most commonly a free port is a special… …   Wikipedia

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