(Por"toir) n. [OF., fr. porter to bear.] One who, or that which, bears; hence, one who, or that
which, produces. [Obs.]
Branches . . . which were portoirs, and bare grapes.Holland.
To lower the yards a-portoise, to lower them to the gunwale. To ride a portoise, to ride an anchor
with the lower yards and topmasts struck or lowered, as in a gale of wind.
(Por"toise) n. [Perhaps fr. OF. porteis portative, portable.] (Naut.) The gunwale of a ship.
(Por"tos) n. See Portass. [Obs.]
(Port"pane) n. [From L. portare to carry + panis bread; prob. through French.] A cloth for
carrying bread, so as not to touch it with the hands. [Obs.]
(Por"trait) n. [F., originally p. p. of portraire to portray. See Portray.]
1. The likeness of a person, painted, drawn, or engraved; commonly, a representation of the human face
painted from real life.
In portraits, the grace, and, we may add, the likeness, consists more in the general air than in the exact
similitude of every feature.Sir J. Reynolds.
The meaning of the word is sometimes extended so as to include a photographic likeness.
2. Hence, any graphic or vivid delineation or description of a person; as, a portrait in words.
Portrait bust, or Portrait statue, a bust or statue representing the actual features or person of an
individual; in distinction from an ideal bust or statue.
(Por"trait), v. t. To portray; to draw. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Por"trait*ist), n. A portrait painter. [R.] Hamerton.
(Por"trai*ture) n. [F. portraiture.]
1. A portrait; a likeness; a painted resemblance; hence, that which is copied from some example or model.
For, by the image of my cause, I seeShak.
The portraiture of his.
Divinity maketh the love of ourselves the pattern; the love of our neighbors but the portraiture.Bacon.
2. Pictures, collectively; painting. [Obs.] Chaucer.
3. The art or practice of making portraits. Walpole.
(Por"trai*ture), v. t. To represent by a portrait, or as by a portrait; to portray. [R.] Shaftesbury.
(Por*tray") v. t. [Written also pourtray.] [imp. & p. p. portrayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Portraying.]
[OE. pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L. protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag
forth; pro forward, forth + trahere to draw. See Trace, v. t., and cf. Protract.]
1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.
Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem.Ezek. iv. 1.
2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
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