[pawr-tns, pohr-]
noun Archaic.
bearing; behavior.

1580–90; < Middle French; see port5, -ance

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Such types of service are still limited in application but of growing im-portance.
Growing of berries and fruits and raising of beef cattle are of lesser im-portance.
These plans are of utmost im- portance, because they may prevent wide- spread damage in case of facility failure.
The chloride ion present during the displacement process was of no im- portance.
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