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1. A city of southern England on the English Channel near the Isle of Wight. Chartered in 1194, it is a major naval base.
2. An independent city of southeast Virginia opposite Norfolk. It has been a major naval base since pre-Revolutionary times.


1. (Placename) Informal name: Pompey a port in S England, in Portsmouth unitary authority, Hampshire, on the English Channel: Britain's chief naval base; university (1992). Pop: 187 056 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in S England, in Hampshire. Pop: 188 700 (2003 est). Area: 37 sq km (14 sq miles)
3. (Placename) a port in SE Virginia, on the Elizabeth River: naval base; shipyards. Pop: 99 617 (2003 est)


(ˈpɔrts məθ, ˈpoʊrts-)

1. a seaport in S Hampshire, in S England, on the English Channel. 189,100.
2. a seaport in SE Virginia. 101,308.
3. a seaport in SE New Hampshire: Russian-Japanese peace treaty 1905. 26,254.
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Noun1.Portsmouth - a port city in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River opposite NorfolkPortsmouth - a port city in southeastern Virginia on the Elizabeth River opposite Norfolk; naval base; shipyards
Old Dominion, Old Dominion State, VA, Virginia - a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
2.Portsmouth - a port town in southeastern New Hampshire on the Atlantic Ocean
Granite State, New Hampshire, NH - a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
3.Portsmouth - a port city in southern England on the English Channel; Britain's major naval base
England - a division of the United Kingdom
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