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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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Iconic novelist, essayist, poet and Portlander Ursula K.
Portlander Sam Pardue wasn't happy with that option, so the serial entrepreneur created the Indow window insert: a custom acrylic panel that fits into an existing interior window frame.
Jack-of-all-trades Portlander Chandler offers this history of Portland radicals and progressives, principally the less famous ones belonging to marginalized groups.
As a Portlander (Oregon) and Chicagoan (current), as well as editor, 1 am excited to present our second sustainability issue, following our Second Quarter 2007 issue, for which hardly anything concrete about the genre was known, other than the fact that it was ready to explode.
This place is also the principal filming location for "Paranoid Park," Portlander Gus Van Sant's latest film, a meditation on the dark side of adolescent experience, which opens in theaters this month.
Everyday Portlanders can be genuinely involved because of Voter-Owned Elections since a $5 contribution counts the same from a working Portlander as from somebody making $500,000 a year," says Jo Ann Bowman, associate director of Oregon Action.
Portlander Jill Brown passes one that says "Anything is possible.
Ditto is en route to her therapist's office today, in fact, sporting pants she got at Walmart and a simple, comfy T-shirt like any other Portlander, fame be damned.
We filled Portland's living room with hollers for dollars," says Brewery Patriarch Mac MacTarnahan, "We wanted every Portlander to come cheer for their favorite keg-tossin' celebrity.
And then I met my wife, Marli: funny, beautiful, lover of dogs, and the rare Portlander who was actually born here.
Mei Mei" - A short film adapted from Portlander Dmae Roberts' 1989 radio documentary.