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[pawrts-muh th, pohrts-] /ˈpɔrts məθ, ˈpoʊrts-/
a seaport in S Hampshire, in S England, on the English Channel: chief British naval station.
a seaport in SE Virginia: navy yard.
a seaport in SE New Hampshire: naval base; Russian-Japanese peace treaty 1905.
a city in S Ohio, on the Ohio River.
a town in SE Rhode Island. Unabridged
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  • There are a number of houses in Portsmouth which tell of the ancient glories of different branches of the Wentworth family.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris
  • At Portsmouth, Nelson at length found news of the combined fleet.

  • He knew that unless an English fleet was at some point nearer than Portsmouth he would have ample time to carry out his plans.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • There were Papists, too, amongst us, who were compelled to go as far as Portsmouth for their Mass.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Fortunately he had arrived from Portsmouth; and was at home.

    Lost Lenore Charles Beach
British Dictionary definitions for Portsmouth


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)
a unitary authority in S England, in Hampshire. Pop: 188 700 (2003 est). Area: 37 sq km (14 sq miles)
a port in SE Virginia, on the Elizabeth River: naval base; shipyards. Pop: 99 617 (2003 est)
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