port arms
noun Etymology: from the command port arms! Date: circa 1890 a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held diagonally in front of the body with the muzzle pointing upward to the left; also a command to assume this position

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  • Port arms — Port Port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ported}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Porting}.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See {Port} demeanor.] 1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They are easily ported by boat into other shires. Fuller. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • port arms — port′ arms′ n. mil a position in military drill in which one s rifle is held diagonally in front of the body, with the muzzle pointing upward to the left • Etymology: 1795–1805; n. use of the command port arms!; see port V …   From formal English to slang

  • port arms — noun Etymology: from the imperative phrase port, arms : a position in the manual of arms in which the rifle is held diagonally in front of the body so that the barrel is at the left shoulder often used as a command * * * a position in military… …   Useful english dictionary

  • port arms — a position in military drill in which one s rifle is held diagonally in front of the body, with the muzzle pointing upward to the left. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • port arms — verb To carry ones personal firearm diagonally in front of the body …   Wiktionary

  • port arms ! — hold your weapon at your side! …   English contemporary dictionary

  • at port arms — Military in the position adopted when given a command to port one s weapon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Port — Port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ported}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Porting}.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See {Port} demeanor.] 1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They are easily ported by boat into other shires. Fuller. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • port — I [[t]pɔrt, poʊrt[/t]] n. 1) a city, town, or other place where ships load or unload 2) a place along a coast in which ships may take refuge from storms; harbor 3) law Also called port of entry a) any place where imported goods may be received… …   From formal English to slang

  • port — 1. n. 1 a harbour. 2 a place of refuge. 3 a town or place possessing a harbour, esp. one where customs officers are stationed. Phrases and idioms: port of call a place where a ship or a person stops on a journey. Port of London Authority the… …   Useful english dictionary

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