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1. A city of southern Maine on an arm of the Gulf of Maine south of Lewiston. Settled c. 1632, it became a commercial center in the 1600s and was state capital from 1820 to 1832. It is the largest city in the state.
2. The largest city of Oregon, in the northwest part of the state on the Willamette River near its junction with the Columbia River. Founded in 1845, it grew as a lumber-exporting port and supply point for the California and Alaska goldfields.

Port′land·er n.


1. (Placename) Isle of Portland a rugged limestone peninsula in SW England, in Dorset, connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and by Chesil Bank: the lighthouse of Portland Bill lies at the S tip; famous for the quarrying of Portland stone, a fine building material
2. (Placename) an inland port in NW Oregon, on the Willamette River: the largest city in the state; shipbuilding and chemical industries. Pop: 538 544 (2003 est)
3. (Placename) a port in SW Maine, on Casco Bay: the largest city in the state; settled by the English in 1632, destroyed successively by French, Indian, and British attacks, and rebuilt; capital of Maine (1820–32). Pop: 63 635 (2003 est)


(Biography) 3rd Duke of. title of William Henry Cavendish Bentinck. 1738–1809, British statesman; prime minister (1783; 1807–09); father of Lord William Cavendish Bentinck


(ˈpɔrt lənd, ˈpoʊrt-)

1. a seaport in NW Oregon, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. 480,824.
2. a seaport in SW Maine, on Casco Bay. 61,280.
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Noun1.Portland - freshwater port and largest city in OregonPortland - freshwater port and largest city in Oregon; located in northwestern Oregon on the Willamette River which divides the city into east and west sections; renowned for its beautiful natural setting among the mountains
Beaver State, OR, Oregon - a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
2.Portland - largest city in Maine in the southwestern corner of the state
Maine, ME, Pine Tree State - a state in New England
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As he ran he thought of things that hadn't come into his mind for years--how at the time he married he had planned to go west to his uncle in Portland, Oregon--how he hadn't wanted to be a farm hand, but had thought when he got out West he would go to sea and be a sailor or get a job on a ranch and ride a horse into Western towns, shouting and laughing and waking the people in the houses with his wild cries.
Her gift o' gab is what's goin' to be the makin' of her; mebbe she'll lecture, or recite pieces, like that Portland elocutionist that come out here to the harvest supper.
They are friends of my uncle's, whom he has lost sight of latterly -- the Tyrrels of Portland Place -- and they treat Miss Vanstone with as much kindness and consideration as if she was a member of the family.
Her eyes and hair were hazel-nut color; and her teeth, the upper row of which she displayed freely, were like fine Portland stone, and sloped outward enough to have spoilt her mouth, had they not been supported by a rich under lip, and a finely curved, impudent chin.
Thereupon, I arranged my clothes as best I could, and summoning a passing hansom, drove to an hotel in Portland Street, the name of which I chanced to remember.
And here the teamster, on his way to Portland market, would put up for the night; and, if a bachelor, might sit an hour beyond the usual bedtime, and steal a kiss from the mountain maid at parting.
They f'und the Active o' Portland, an' Gibbons o' that town he was her skipper; they f'und her leakin' off Cape Cod Light.
Miss Nathalie Lord, one of the teachers, from Portland, Me.
Cassandra and I thought of having tea at a little shop in Portland Place," he replied.
But freights was up, an' they hod a charter o' coals for Portland.
Pokey and her mother joined the party, and one bright September morning six very happy-looking people were aboard the express train for Portland two smiling mammas, laden with luncheon baskets and wraps; a pretty young girl with a bag of books on her arm; a tall thin lad with his hat over his eyes; and two small children, who sat with their short legs straight out before them, and their chubby faces beaming with the first speechless delight of "truly travelling.
We went to a private hotel in the neighborhood of Portland Place.