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Port·land

 (pôrt′lənd)
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.

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Portland

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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)

Portland

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(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

Port•land

(ˈpɔrt lənd, ˈpoʊrt-)

n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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At that time barely half an hour had passed since the close of the proceedings at Portland Place.
But freights was up, an' they hod a charter o' coals for Portland.
Half an hour after receiving this information, I was on my way to Portland Place--without having had the courage to own it to Mr.
Sometimes the world's wife has so many daughters, that her card reads rather like a Miscellaneous Lot at an Auction; comprising Mrs Tapkins, Miss Tapkins, Miss Frederica Tapkins, Miss Antonina Tapkins, Miss Malvina Tapkins, and Miss Euphemia Tapkins; at the same time, the same lady leaves the card of Mrs Henry George Alfred Swoshle, NEE Tapkins; also, a card, Mrs Tapkins at Home, Wednesdays, Music, Portland Place.
Among the fine London Houses where I teach the language of my native country," said the Professor, rushing into his long- deferred explanation without another word of preface, "there is one, mighty fine, in the big place called Portland.
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.
There was also a trader, returning from Portland to the upper part of Vermont; and a fair young girl, with a very faint bloom like one of those pale and delicate flowers which sometimes occur among alpine cliffs.
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.
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.
These four young men were the sons of an old man who lived in Portland, Maine, and when he heard what had happened he came right down to the Island to see if he could find their bodies.
The city presenting no objects of sufficient interest to detain us on our way, we resolved to proceed next day by another steamboat, the Fulton, and to join it, about noon, at a suburb called Portland, where it would be delayed some time in passing through a canal.
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.