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PORT. A place to which the officers of the customs are appropriated, and which include the privileges and guidance of all members and creeks which are allotted to them. 1 Chit. Com. Law, 726; Postlewaith's Com. Dict. h.t.; 1 Chit. Com. L. Index, h.t. According to Dalloz, a port is a place within land, protected against the waves and winds, and affording to vessels a place of safety. Diet. Supp. h.t. By the Roman law a port is defined to be locus, conclusus, quo importantur merces, et unde exportantur. Dig. 50,16, 59. See 7 N. S. 81. 2. A port differs from a haven, (q.v.) and includes something more. 1st. It is a place at which vessels may arrive and discharge, or take in their cargoes. 2. It comprehends a vale, city or borough, called in Latin caput corpus, for the reception of mariners and merchants, for securing the goods, and bringing them to market, and for victualling the ships. 3. It is impressed with its legal character by the civil authority. Hale de Portibus Mar. c. 2; 1 Harg. 46, 73; Bac. Ab. Prerogative, D 5; Com. Dig. Navigation, E; 4 Inst. 148; Callis on Sewers, 56; 2 Chit. Com. Law, 2; Dig. 60, 16, 59; Id. 43, 12, 1, 13; Id. 47, 10, 15, 7; Id. 39, 4, 15.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The divers clearly observed the gun ports on the front of each wing--indicating a military aircraft--and measured them 10 inches apart, although the air scoops were too degraded to provide useful measurements.
The armoured vehicle has 10 gun ports and escape hatches and can carry up to eight equipped troops.
But the Mary Rose sank after being overturned by a gust of wind, with water entering its open gun ports. The ship lay at the bottom of then sea for centuries until it was raised in 1982 in one of the most complex projects in the history of maritime archaeology.
Many of the original features have been kept intact and incorporated into the new design, with gun ports transformed into bedroom windows and gunpowder rooms enlisted as cosy snugs.
I entered through a doorway cut into the Middle Gun Deck and instantly you feel in stride with history - the oily smell of timber garnished by that of rope, the low light of lanterns and sunlight through the gun ports. You can imagine the swirl of smoke, the crash of guns and the shouts of battle.
Both Jags have security spec including Kevlar lining, run-flat tyres and gun ports to return fire.
"It wasn't until later when the crews returned and we saw the black of the gun ports that we knew there had been action.