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  • Porteous, John (Scottish officer)

    Porteous Riots: John Porteous, captain of the city guard, who was accused of both shooting and giving the order to fire, was brought to trial in July and sentenced to death. After he had sent a petition for pardon to Queen Caroline, then acting as regent in…

  • porter (Christian ministry)

    holy order: … and the minor orders of porter (doorkeeper), lector, exorcist, and acolyte.

  • porter (beer)

    beer: Types of beer: …from this practice and produced porter. Made from a mixture of malt extracts, porter was a strong, dark-coloured, highly hopped beer consumed by the market porters in London. Brewers in Burton upon Trent, using the famous hard waters of that region and pale malts roasted in coke-fired kilns, created pale…

  • Porter Convention on the Limitation of the Employment of Force for the Recovery of Contract Debts (international law)

    Calvo Doctrine: …the form adopted as the Porter Convention on the Limitation of the Employment of Force for the Recovery of Contract Debts. Although the United States opposed European intervention in the Americas, it reserved for itself the right, frequently used, to intervene with armed force in any Latin-American state where conditions…

  • Porter of Luddenham, George Porter, Baron (British chemist)

    Sir George Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, English chemist, corecipient with fellow Englishman Ronald George Wreyford Norrish and Manfred Eigen of West Germany of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. All three were honoured for their studies in flash photolysis, a technique for observing the

  • Porter, Andrew (South African-born music critic)

    Andrew Brian Porter, South African-born music critic (born Aug. 26, 1928, Cape Town, S.Af.—died April 2/3, 2015, London, Eng.), penned erudite and influential reviews on classical music (and, early in his career, on ballet) for the Financial Times (1953–72), The New Yorker (1972–73, 1974–92), and

  • Porter, Andrew Brian (South African-born music critic)

    Andrew Brian Porter, South African-born music critic (born Aug. 26, 1928, Cape Town, S.Af.—died April 2/3, 2015, London, Eng.), penned erudite and influential reviews on classical music (and, early in his career, on ballet) for the Financial Times (1953–72), The New Yorker (1972–73, 1974–92), and

  • Porter, Charlotte Endymion (American editor)

    Helen Archibald Clarke and Charlotte Endymion Porter: Helen Charlotte Porter, who later dropped her first name and adopted the middle name Endymion, graduated from Wells College, Aurora, New York, in 1875, studied for a time at the Sorbonne in Paris, and in 1883 became editor of Shakespeariana, a journal published in Philadelphia…

  • Porter, Cole (American composer and lyricist)

    Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist who brought a worldly élan to the American musical and who embodied in his life the sophistication of his songs. Porter was the grandson of a millionaire speculator, and the moderately affluent circumstances of his life probably contributed to the poise

  • Porter, Cole Albert (American composer and lyricist)

    Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist who brought a worldly élan to the American musical and who embodied in his life the sophistication of his songs. Porter was the grandson of a millionaire speculator, and the moderately affluent circumstances of his life probably contributed to the poise

  • Porter, David (United States naval officer)

    David Porter, U.S. naval officer who commanded the frigate Essex on its two-year expedition against British shipping during the War of 1812. Young Porter early accompanied his father—who had been an American Revolutionary War naval commander—on sea voyages. He became a midshipman in 1798, was

  • Porter, David Dixon (United States naval officer)

    David Dixon Porter, U.S. naval officer who held important Union commands in the American Civil War (1861–65). The son of Commodore David Porter, David Dixon Porter served in the Mexican War (1846–48). Promoted to commander early in the American Civil War, he participated in Union expeditions

  • Porter, Dorothea Noelle Naomi Seale (British designer)

    Thea Porter, (Dorothea Noelle Naomi Seale Porter), British fashion designer (born Dec. 24, 1927, Jerusalem, British Palestine—died July 24, 2000, London, Eng.), popularized caftans and created other luxurious, exotic, ethnically inspired textiles, clothing, and interior designs that formed the b

  • Porter, Edward Stanton (American director)

    Edwin S. Porter, pioneer American film director whose innovative use of dramatic editing (piecing together scenes shot at different times and places) in such films as The Life of An American Fireman (1903) and The Great Train Robbery (1903) revolutionized filmmaking. Porter coinvented a device to

  • Porter, Edwin S. (American director)

    Edwin S. Porter, pioneer American film director whose innovative use of dramatic editing (piecing together scenes shot at different times and places) in such films as The Life of An American Fireman (1903) and The Great Train Robbery (1903) revolutionized filmmaking. Porter coinvented a device to

  • Porter, Edwin Stanton (American director)

    Edwin S. Porter, pioneer American film director whose innovative use of dramatic editing (piecing together scenes shot at different times and places) in such films as The Life of An American Fireman (1903) and The Great Train Robbery (1903) revolutionized filmmaking. Porter coinvented a device to

  • Porter, Eleanor Hodgman (American novelist)

    Eleanor Hodgman Porter, American novelist, creator of the Pollyanna series of books that generated a popular phenomenon. Hodgman studied singing at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She gained a local reputation as a singer in concerts and church choirs and continued her singing

  • Porter, Eliot (American photographer)

    Eliot Porter, American photographer noted for his detailed and exquisite colour images of birds and landscapes. Porter, the brother of painter Fairfield Porter, trained as an engineer at Harvard College (B.S., 1924) and as a physician at Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1929). He taught biochemistry

  • Porter, Eliot Furness (American photographer)

    Eliot Porter, American photographer noted for his detailed and exquisite colour images of birds and landscapes. Porter, the brother of painter Fairfield Porter, trained as an engineer at Harvard College (B.S., 1924) and as a physician at Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1929). He taught biochemistry

  • Porter, Eliza Emily Chappell (American educator)

    Eliza Emily Chappell Porter, American educator and welfare worker, remembered especially for the numerous schools she helped establish in almost every region of the United States. Eliza Chappell began teaching school at age 16, and after moving with her mother to Rochester, New York, in 1828 she

  • Porter, Eric Richard (British actor)

    Eric Richard Porter, British classical actor who found success on television in such roles as Count Bronowsky in "The Jewel in the Crown" and, especially, Soames Forsyte in the 26-part drama "The Forsyte Saga" (b. April 8, 1928--d. May 15,

  • Porter, Fairfield (American painter, printmaker, and writer)

    Fairfield Porter, American painter, printmaker, and writer best known for his naturalistic painting as well as his sophisticated writing on a variety of subjects. As a figurative painter at the height of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Porter painted representational subjects heavily informed

  • Porter, Fitz-John (United States general)

    Fitz-John Porter, Union general during the American Civil War who was court-martialed and cashiered—but later vindicated—for disobeying orders at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Porter was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at West Point, graduating from the latter in 1845. He fought in the

  • Porter, Gene Stratton (American author)

    Gene Stratton Porter, American novelist, remembered for her fiction rooted in the belief that communion with nature holds the key to moral goodness. Stratton grew up in rural Indiana, where she developed a deep appreciation for nature that was to stay with her throughout her life. In 1886 she

  • Porter, Hal (Australian author)

    Hal Porter, Australian novelist, playwright, poet, and autobiographer noted for his style and sometimes disturbing honesty. After completing his education, Porter became a schoolmaster in 1927, teaching at various schools and, after World War II, with the Allied occupation forces in Japan. He also

  • Porter, Harold Edward (Australian author)

    Hal Porter, Australian novelist, playwright, poet, and autobiographer noted for his style and sometimes disturbing honesty. After completing his education, Porter became a schoolmaster in 1927, teaching at various schools and, after World War II, with the Allied occupation forces in Japan. He also

  • Porter, Helen Charlotte (American editor)

    Helen Archibald Clarke and Charlotte Endymion Porter: Helen Charlotte Porter, who later dropped her first name and adopted the middle name Endymion, graduated from Wells College, Aurora, New York, in 1875, studied for a time at the Sorbonne in Paris, and in 1883 became editor of Shakespeariana, a journal published in Philadelphia…

  • Porter, Janie (American welfare worker and educator)

    Janie Porter Barrett, American welfare worker and educator who developed a school to rehabilitate previously incarcerated African-American girls by improving their self-reliance and discipline. The daughter of former slaves, Barrett grew up largely in the home of the cultured white family who

  • Porter, Jimmy (fictional character)

    Look Back in Anger: The hero, Jimmy Porter, is the son of a worker. Through the state educational system, he has reached an uncomfortably marginal position on the border of the middle class, from which he can see the traditional possessors of privilege holding the better jobs and threatening his upward…

  • Porter, Katherine Anne (American author)

    Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist and short-story writer, a master stylist whose long short stories have a richness of texture and complexity of character delineation usually achieved only in the novel. Porter was educated at private and convent schools in the South. She worked as a

  • Porter, Keith Roberts (American biologist)

    Keith Roberts Porter, Canadian-born American cell biologist who pioneered techniques for electron microscope studies of the internal structure and organization of cells and tissues. Porter studied biology at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) and Harvard University, from which he obtained a

  • Porter, Ngaire Dawn (British actress)

    Nyree Dawn Porter, (Ngaire Dawn Porter), New Zealand-born British actress (born Jan. 22, 1940, Napier, N.Z.—died April 10, 2001, London, Eng.), became one of British television’s first romantic sex symbols for her portrayal of the mistreated beauty Irene Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, the BBC’s 2

  • Porter, Nyree Dawn (British actress)

    Nyree Dawn Porter, (Ngaire Dawn Porter), New Zealand-born British actress (born Jan. 22, 1940, Napier, N.Z.—died April 10, 2001, London, Eng.), became one of British television’s first romantic sex symbols for her portrayal of the mistreated beauty Irene Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga, the BBC’s 2

  • Porter, Peter (British poet)

    Peter Porter, Australian-born British poet whose works are characterized by a formal style and rueful, epigrammatic wit. Porter was educated in Australia and worked as a journalist before settling in 1951 in London, where he worked as a clerk, a bookshop assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a

  • Porter, Peter Neville Frederick (British poet)

    Peter Porter, Australian-born British poet whose works are characterized by a formal style and rueful, epigrammatic wit. Porter was educated in Australia and worked as a journalist before settling in 1951 in London, where he worked as a clerk, a bookshop assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a

  • Porter, Quincy (American composer)

    chamber music: The 20th century: Quincy Porter (1897–1966) composed 10 string quartets, several quintets for various combinations, and smaller works; they are characterized by warm expressiveness achieved in textures that employ considerable repetition of short motives. The works of Roy Harris are distinguished by forms that depart from 19th-century models;…

  • Porter, Rodney Robert (British biochemist)

    Rodney Robert Porter, British biochemist who, with Gerald M. Edelman, received the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his contribution to the determination of the chemical structure of an antibody. Porter was educated at the University of Liverpool (B.S., 1939) and the University of

  • Porter, Roy Sydney (British historian)

    Roy Sydney Porter, British historian (born Dec. 31, 1946, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Eng.—died March 3, 2002, St. Leonards, East Sussex, Eng.), wrote scores of scholarly books and papers on a vast array of subjects, most notably British social history and the history of medicine. His best-known w

  • Porter, Rufus (American inventor)

    Scientific American: …York City in 1845 by Rufus Porter, a New England inventor, as a weekly newspaper describing new inventions. He sold it in 1846 to another inventor, Alfred Ely Beach—who had worked on the New York Sun under his inventor-editor father, Moses Y. Beach—and to a friend, Orson Desaix Munn. The…

  • Porter, Sarah (American educator)

    Sarah Porter, American educator and founder of Miss Porter’s School, still one of the leading preparatory schools for girls in the United States. Porter was a younger sister of Noah Porter, later president of Yale College. She was educated at the Farmington Academy, where she was the only girl

  • Porter, Sir George, Baron Porter of Luddenham (British chemist)

    Sir George Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, English chemist, corecipient with fellow Englishman Ronald George Wreyford Norrish and Manfred Eigen of West Germany of the 1967 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. All three were honoured for their studies in flash photolysis, a technique for observing the

  • Porter, Sylvia Field (American economist and journalist)

    Sylvia Field Porter, American economist and journalist whose financial advice—in newspaper columns, books, and magazines—garnered a wide audience in a field dominated by men. Porter graduated from Hunter College in New York City in 1932. She worked as an assistant in a Wall Street investment house,

  • Porter, Terry (American basketball player and coach)

    Portland Trail Blazers: …Blazers—led by Drexler, point guard Terry Porter, and forward Jerome Kersey—won their first three playoff series to capture the Western Conference title. In the NBA finals the team was defeated by the Detroit Pistons in five games. The Blazers were eliminated by the Lakers in the conference finals the following…

  • Porter, Thea (British designer)

    Thea Porter, (Dorothea Noelle Naomi Seale Porter), British fashion designer (born Dec. 24, 1927, Jerusalem, British Palestine—died July 24, 2000, London, Eng.), popularized caftans and created other luxurious, exotic, ethnically inspired textiles, clothing, and interior designs that formed the b

  • Porter, William Sydney (American author)

    O. Henry, American short-story writer whose tales romanticized the commonplace—in particular the life of ordinary people in New York City. His stories expressed the effect of coincidence on character through humour, grim or ironic, and often had surprise endings, a device that became identified

  • Porterfield, William (Scottish physician)

    phantom limb syndrome: Scottish physician William Porterfield wrote a firsthand account of phantom limb syndrome in the 18th century, following the amputation of one of his legs. He was the first person to consider sensory perception as the underlying phenomenon of the syndrome.

  • Portersville (Indiana, United States)

    Valparaiso, city, seat of Porter county, northwestern Indiana, U.S. It lies just east-southeast of Gary. Laid out in 1836 as the county seat, it was first called Portersville but was renamed the following year for Valparaíso, Chile. It was originally a point on the old Sauk Trail, which was a

  • Portes Gil, Emilio (president of Mexico)

    Emilio Portes Gil, Mexican political leader and diplomat who was provisional president of Mexico from Dec. 1, 1928, after the assassination of President-elect Alvaro Obregón, to Feb. 5, 1930. From late 1914 Portes Gil worked for the revolutionary movement led by Venustiano Carranza, but he

  • Porteur (people)

    Carrier, Athabaskan-speaking North American Indian tribe centred in the upper branches of the Fraser River between the Coast Mountains and the Rocky Mountains in what is now central British Columbia. The name by which they are most commonly known derives from the custom in which widows carried the

  • portfolio (government)

    cabinet: The modern British cabinet: …15 to 25 members, or ministers, appointed by the prime minister, who in turn has been appointed by the monarch on the basis of ability to command a majority of votes in the Commons. Though formerly empowered to select the cabinet, the sovereign is now restricted to the mere formal…

  • portfolio investment (economics)

    Harry M. Markowitz: …Nobel Prize involved his “portfolio theory,” which sought to prove that a diversified, or “optimal,” portfolio—that is, one that mixes assets so as to maximize return and minimize risk—could be practical. His techniques for measuring the level of risk associated with various assets and his methods for mixing assets…

  • Portfolios of Ansel Adams, The (work by Adams)

    Ansel Adams: Later career: The Portfolios of Ansel Adams (1977) reproduced the 90 prints that Adams first published (between 1948 and 1976) as seven portfolios of original prints. The results can thus be trusted to represent a selection from what the photographer considered his best work.

  • Porthcawl (Wales, United Kingdom)

    Porthcawl, coastal resort, Bridgend county borough, historic county of Glamorgan (Morgannwg), southern Wales. It is situated on a low limestone headland overlooking the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl originated as a coal port during the 19th century, but its trade was soon taken over by more rapidly

  • Porthetria dispar (insect)

    Gypsy moth, (Lymantria dispar), lepidopteran that is a serious pest of both deciduous and evergreen trees. The European strain was accidentally introduced into eastern North America about 1869, and by 1889 it had become a serious pest of deciduous forests and fruit trees. By the end of the 20th

  • Porthos (fictional character)

    Porthos, fictional character, one of the heroes of The Three Musketeers (published 1844, performed 1845) by Alexandre Dumas père. Like the other two musketeers, Athos and Aramis, Porthos is a swashbuckling French soldier who becomes involved in court intrigue during the reigns of Louis XIII and

  • Portia (fictional character, “The Merchant of Venice”)

    Portia, the wealthy heiress of Belmont in Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice. In attempting to find a worthy husband, she sets in motion the action of the play. She is one of Shakespeare’s classic cross-dressing heroines, and, dressed as a male lawyer (a redundant phrase in Shakespeare’s

  • Portia, Johann Ferdinand (Austrian count)

    Leopold I: Early years.: …among whom the cultured count Johann Ferdinand Portia was the leading personality. Made lord high steward by his pupil, Portia retained his influence with Leopold until his death in 1665. From an early age Leopold showed an inclination toward learning. He learned easily and became fluent in Latin, Italian, and…

  • Portici (Italy)

    Portici, town, Campania regione, southern Italy. It lies on the Bay of Naples, southwest of Vesuvius (volcano) and just southeast of Naples. As a medieval fief Portici was owned by various princely families before passing to the Kingdom of Naples. It was completely destroyed by the eruption of

  • portico (architecture)

    Portico, colonnaded porch or entrance to a structure, or a covered walkway supported by regularly spaced columns. Porticoes formed the entrances to ancient Greek temples. The portico is a principal feature of Greek temple architecture and thus a prominent element in Roman and all subsequent

  • Porticus Aemilia (warehouse, Italy)

    ancient Rome: Demographic and economic developments: The Porticus Aemilia (193), a warehouse of 300,000 square feet on the banks of the Tiber, illustrates how the new needs were met with a major new building technology, concrete construction. Around 200 bc in central Italy it was discovered that a wet mixture of crushed…

  • portiere (curtain)

    curtain: Portieres are heavy curtains hung in a doorway.

  • Porƫile de Fier (gorge, Europe)

    Iron Gate, the last gorge of the Ðerdap gorge system on the Danube River, dividing the Carpathian and Balkan mountains and forming part of the boundary between Serbia and Romania. It is about 2 miles (3 km) long and 530 feet (162 metres) wide, with towering rock cliffs that make it one of the most

  • Portillo (Chile)

    Valparaíso: Portillo, near Mount Aconcagua (22,834 feet [6,960 metres]), has become South America’s most popular Andean winter resort, particularly for skiing.

  • Portinari Altarpiece (work by Goes)

    floral decoration: Middle Ages: …open centre panel of the Portinari Altarpiece by the Flemish painter Hugo van der Goes is an illustration of this type of arrangement. Metal ewers often held Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum), as in the 15th-century painting The Annunciation by Rogier van der Weyden (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

  • Portinari Triptych (painting by Memling)

    Hans Memling: …and his wife, Memling painted portraits and an unusual altarpiece that depicts more than 22 scenes from the Passion of Christ scattered in miniature in a panoramic landscape encompassing a view of Jerusalem. Such an altarpiece, perhaps created for new devotional practices, became very popular at the end of the…

  • Portinari, Beatrice (Italian noble)

    Beatrice, the woman to whom the great Italian poet Dante dedicated most of his poetry and almost all of his life, from his first sight of her at the age of nine (“from that time forward, Love quite governed my soul”) through his glorification of her in La divina commedia, completed 40 years later,

  • Portinari, Cándido (Brazilian artist)

    Brazil: Visual arts: …the 20th century the painter Cândido Portinari was a major proponent of a uniquely Brazilian style, which blended abstract European techniques with realistic portrayals of the people and landscapes of his native land; the painter Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, a contemporary of Portinari, gained equal international renown. In 1922, seeking to…

  • Portinari, Tommaso (Italian historian)

    Hans Memling: For Tommaso Portinari, an agent of the Medici family, and his wife, Memling painted portraits and an unusual altarpiece that depicts more than 22 scenes from the Passion of Christ scattered in miniature in a panoramic landscape encompassing a view of Jerusalem. Such an altarpiece, perhaps…

  • Portis, Charles (American author)

    Charles Portis, American novelist whose works were admired for their deadpan comic tone, colourfully sketched characters, and spirit of adventure. He was best known for the novel True Grit (1968), which inspired two popular film adaptations (1969 and 2010). Portis grew up in a series of small towns

  • Portishead (British music group)

    Portishead, British trip-hop group who popularized the genre in North America by fusing dance music conventions such as drum loops and samples with atmospheric, cabaret-style vocals. Principal members included lead singer Beth Gibbons (b. Jan. 4, 1965, Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset, Eng.),

  • Portishead (England, United Kingdom)

    North Somerset: Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, and Portishead developed in the 19th century as coastal resorts. Weston-super-Mare has fine beaches and elaborate resort and entertainment facilities. The greatest tidal range in the British Isles at mean spring tide—more than 36 feet (11 metres)—occurs near Portishead. Dock facilities at Portishead were expanded in…

  • Portland (Ohio, United States)

    Sandusky, city, seat (1838) of Erie county, northern Ohio, U.S. It lies along Sandusky Bay (Lake Erie’s largest natural harbour [there bridged to Port Clinton]), about 60 miles (100 km) west of Cleveland. In the 18th century the French and British established trading posts in the area, and Fort

  • Portland (Oregon, United States)

    Portland, city, seat (1854) of Multnomah county, northwestern Oregon, U.S. The state’s largest city, it lies just south of Vancouver, Washington, on the Willamette River near its confluence with the Columbia River, about 100 miles (160 km) by river from the Pacific Ocean. Portland is the focus of a

  • Portland (Maine, United States)

    Portland, city, seat (1760) of Cumberland county, southwestern Maine, U.S. The state’s largest city, it is the hub of a metropolitan statistical area that includes the cities of South Portland and Westbrook and the towns of Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Freeport, Gorham, Scarborough,

  • Portland (Victoria, Australia)

    Portland, town and port, southern Victoria, Australia. It lies on Portland Bay, an inlet of the Indian Ocean. The bay was first visited by Europeans in 1800 and was named for the duke of Portland by James Grant, a British naval officer; two years later Nicolas Baudin, a French navigator, called it

  • portland blast-furnace cement (adhesive)

    cement: Slag cements: The granulated slag made by the rapid chilling of suitable molten slags from blast furnaces forms the basis of another group of constructional cements. A mixture of portland cement and granulated slag, containing up to 65 percent slag, is known in the English-speaking…

  • portland cement

    Portland cement, binding material in the form of a finely ground powder, usually gray, that is manufactured by burning and grinding a mixture of limestone and clay or limestone and shale. The inventor Joseph Aspdin, of England, patented the basic process in 1824, naming it for the resemblance of

  • Portland Club (British organization)

    bridge: Laws of bridge: The Portland Club of London and the Whist Club of New York became traditionally the lawmaking bodies for rubber auction bridge, the game played chiefly in clubs and private homes. With the rise of duplicate and tournament bridge in the 1930s and ’40s, the ACBL and…

  • Portland Inlet (inlet, Canada)

    Portland Inlet, arm of the Pacific Ocean, indenting western British Columbia, Canada; it is an extension of Dixon Entrance and Chatham Sound, north of Prince Rupert. Named in 1793 by the English navigator George Vancouver in honour of the ducal house of Portland, the inlet is 25 miles (40 km) long

  • Portland Museum of Art (museum, Portland, Maine, United States)

    Winslow Homer: Final years and legacy: …the early 21st century the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine, purchased Homer’s studio in nearby Prouts Neck and restored it. The property was opened to the public in 2012.

  • Portland Public Service Building (building, Portland, Oregon, United States)

    Michael Graves: …Service Building (usually called the Portland Building) in Portland, Oregon (completed 1982), and the Humana Building (or Humana Tower) in Louisville, Kentucky (1985). The Portland Building was the epitome of postmodernist architecture that, with its colourful structure and facades decorated with a stylized garland, defied the austere static steel and…

  • Portland State University (university, Portland, Oregon, United States)

    Portland State University, public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Portland, Oregon, U.S. It is part of the Oregon University System. The university includes colleges of liberal arts and sciences, urban and public affairs, and engineering and computer science; schools of business

  • Portland Trail Blazers (American basketball team)

    Portland Trail Blazers, American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon, that plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Trail Blazers have won one NBA championship (1977) and three conference titles (1977, 1990, and 1992). The Trail Blazers

  • Portland Vase (ancient Roman vase)

    Portland Vase, Roman vase (1st century ad) of dark blue glass decorated with white figures, the finest surviving Roman example of cameo glass. Originally owned by the Barberini family (and sometimes called the Barberini Vase), it came into the possession of the duchess of Portland in the 18th

  • Portland, Battle of (European history [1653])

    Battle of Portland, (28 February–2 March 1653). In the First Anglo-Dutch War, Maarten Tromp was reinstalled as commander of the Dutch fleet after the Battle of Kentish Knock. Tromp’s heroic demonstration of fighting skill at the three-day Battle of Portland could not disguise the inferiority of his

  • Portland, Isle of (peninsula, England, United Kingdom)

    Isle of Portland, craggy peninsula of the English Channel coast, administrative and historic county of Dorset, southern England. Its greatest length is 4 miles (6 km), and it has a width of 1.75 miles (2.82 km). Most of the coastline is included in a UNESCO World Heritage site (designated 2001)

  • Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of (prime minister of Great Britain)

    William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd duke of Portland, British prime minister from April 2 to Dec. 19, 1783, and from March 31, 1807, to Oct. 4, 1809; on both occasions he was merely the nominal head of a government controlled by stronger political leaders. The eldest son of William, 2nd Duke of

  • Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of, Marquess of Titchfield, Earl of Portland, Viscount Woodstock, Baron of Cirencester (prime minister of Great Britain)

    William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd duke of Portland, British prime minister from April 2 to Dec. 19, 1783, and from March 31, 1807, to Oct. 4, 1809; on both occasions he was merely the nominal head of a government controlled by stronger political leaders. The eldest son of William, 2nd Duke of

  • Portlandia (American television series)

    Sleater-Kinney: …on the popular television show Portlandia (2011–18).

  • Portlaoise (Laoighis, Ireland)

    Port Laoise, county town (seat) of County Laoighis, Ireland, on the River Triogue. Established as Fort Protector during the reign of Mary I (1533–58), it was granted a charter in 1570. The main industries of the town are flour milling and the manufacture of worsteds and sports equipment. The Rock

  • Portman, Natalie (Israeli American actress)

    Natalie Portman, Israeli American actress known for the aristocratic poise and nuance with which she evinced the struggles of complex precocious young women. Natalie Hershlag was born in Jerusalem; her mother was American and her father, who later became a fertility doctor, was Israeli. In 1984 the

  • Portman, Rachel (British composer)
  • Portman, Rob (United States senator)

    Rob Portman, American politician who was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and began representing Ohio the following year. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993–2005). Portman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Dartmouth College (B.A.,

  • Portman, Robert Jones (United States senator)

    Rob Portman, American politician who was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and began representing Ohio the following year. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993–2005). Portman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Dartmouth College (B.A.,

  • portmanteau word (linguistics)

    Portmanteau word, a word that results from blending two or more words, or parts of words, such that the portmanteau word expresses some combination of the meaning of its parts. Examples in English include chortle (from chuckle and snort), smog (from smoke and fog), brunch (from breakfast and

  • Portneuf River (river, Idaho, United States)

    Portneuf River, watercourse, southeastern Idaho, U.S., rising in the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, southeast of Blackfoot. The Portneuf flows south then west and northwest past Lava Hot Springs and Pocatello, between segments of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, to the American Falls Reservoir

  • Portnoy’s Complaint (film by Lehman [1972])

    Philip Roth: …book until Portnoy’s Complaint (1969; film 1972), an audacious satirical portrait of a contemporary Jewish male at odds with his domineering mother and obsessed with sexual experience.

  • Portnoy’s Complaint (novel by Roth)

    Portnoy’s Complaint, novel by Philip Roth, published in 1969. The book became a minor classic of Jewish American literature. This comic novel is structured as a confession to a psychiatrist by Alexander Portnoy, who relates the details of his adolescent obsession with masturbation and his

  • porto (wine)

    Port, specifically, a sweet, fortified, usually red wine of considerable renown from the Douro region of northern Portugal, named for the town of Oporto where it is aged and bottled; also, any of several similar fortified wines produced elsewhere. The region of true port production is strictly d

  • Porto (Portugal)

    Porto, city and port, northern Portugal. The city lies along the Douro River, 2 miles (3 km) from the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean and 175 miles (280 km) north of Lisbon. World-famous for its port wine, Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is the commercial and industrial centre for

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