william sydney porter

Porter

[pawr-ter, pohr-]
noun
1.
Cole, 1893–1964, U.S. composer.
2.
David, 1780–1843, U.S. naval officer.
3.
his son, David Dixon [dik-suhn] , 1813–91, Union naval officer in the Civil War.
4.
Edwin Stanton, 1870–1941, U.S. film director.
5.
Gene (Gene Stratton Porter) 1868–1924, U.S. novelist.
6.
Sir George, 1920–2002, British chemist: Nobel prize 1967.
7.
Katherine Anne, 1890–1980, U.S. writer.
8.
Noah, 1811–92, U.S. educator, writer, and lexicographer.
9.
Rodney Robert, 1917–85, British biochemist: Nobel Prize in medicine 1972.
10.
William Sydney ("O. Henry") 1862–1910, U.S. short-story writer.
11.
a male given name.
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porter1 (ˈpɔːtə)
 
n
1.  a person employed to carry luggage, parcels, supplies, etc, esp at a railway station or hotel
2.  (in hospitals) a person employed to move patients from place to place
3.  (US), (Canadian) a railway employee who waits on passengers, esp in a sleeper
4.  (E African) a manual labourer
 
[C14: from Old French portour, from Late Latin portātōr, from Latin portāre to carry]

porter2 (ˈpɔːtə)
 
n
1.  chiefly (Brit) a person in charge of a gate or door; doorman or gatekeeper
2.  a person employed by a university or college as a caretaker and doorkeeper who also answers enquiries
3.  a person in charge of the maintenance of a building, esp a block of flats
4.  RC Church Also called: ostiary a person ordained to what was formerly the lowest in rank of the minor orders
 
[C13: from Old French portier, from Late Latin portārius doorkeeper, from Latin porta door]

porter3 (ˈpɔːtə)
 
n
(Brit) a dark sweet ale brewed from black malt
 
[C18: shortened from porter's ale, apparently because it was a favourite beverage of porters]

Porter (ˈpɔːtə)
 
n
1.  Cole. 1893--1964, US composer and lyricist of musical comedies. His most popular songs include Night and Day and Let's do It
2.  George, Baron Porter of Luddenham. 1920--2002, British chemist, who shared a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967 for his work on flash photolysis
3.  Katherine Anne. 1890--1980, US short-story writer and novelist. Her best-known collections of stories are Flowering Judas (1930) and Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939)
4.  Peter. born 1929, Australian poet, living in Britain
5.  Rodney Robert. 1917--85, British biochemist: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1972 for determining the structure of an antibody
6.  William Sidney. original name of O. Henry

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Word Origin & History

porter
"person who carries," 1263, from Anglo-Fr. portour, O.Fr. porteor, from L.L. portatorem (acc. portator) "one who carries," from L. portare "to carry" (see port (1)).

porter
"doorkeeper, janitor," 1180s, from Anglo-Fr. portour, from O.Fr. portier, from L.L. portarius "gatekeeper," from L. porta "gate" (see port (2)).

porter
"dark beer," 1727, as porter's ale, from porter (1), because the beer was made for porters and other laborers, being cheap and strong.
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Medical Dictionary

Porter Por·ter (pôr'tər), Rodney Robert. Born 1917.

British biochemist. He shared a 1972 Nobel Prize for his research on the chemical structure and nature of antibodies.

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Porter   (pôr'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
British biochemist who shared with George Edelman the 1972 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for their study of the chemical structure of antibodies.
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Porter definition


a gate-keeper (2 Sam. 18:26; 2 Kings 7:10; 1 Chr. 9:21; 2 Chr. 8:14). Of the Levites, 4,000 were appointed as porters by David (1 Chr. 23:5), who were arranged according to their families (26:1-19) to take charge of the doors and gates of the temple. They were sometimes employed as musicians (1 Chr. 15:18).

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