Full record for port n.

Definition a spaceport
OED requirements antedating 1939
Earliest cite G. Giles 'Flight of the Starshell'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1939 cite from Gordon Giles' "Flight of the Starshell". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Avram Davidson's "Mutiny In Space"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1964 first magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of A. Bertram Chandler's "The Rim of Space"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1959 first magazine appearance. Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from David Feintuch's "Children of Hope". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Mike Resnick's 1981 "The Soul Eater". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Harry Harrison's "Deathworld"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1960 first magazine appearance. Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of David Drake's 2000 "Lt. Leary Commanding". Mark English submitted a cite from a reprint of Clark Ashton Smith's "Vulthoom"; we would like to verify it in the original publication in the September 1935 Weird Tales.
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Citations for port n.

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1939 ‘G. A. Giles’ Flight of Starshell in Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb. 57/1 The Starshell plunged on, negotiating the black gulf between Mars and Earth in rapid time. It had been several weeks since she had left her first port, Saturn's outer moon.
1959 A. B. Chandler To Run Rim in Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 11/2 And if I hadn't told Commodore Sir Archibald Sinclair to his face what an idiot he was I'd still be with the Royal Mail, still keeping my night on board in port and making sure that a proper air lock watch was being maintained, and all the rest of it.
1960 H. Harrison Deathworld in Astounding Sci. Fiction Jan. 26/1 I'm sure the Cassylians don't want to advertise their bad sportsmanship, so there won't be anything as crude as a roadblock. But the port will be crawling with every agent they have. They know once the money gets off-planet it is gone forever.
1964 A. Davidson Valentine's Planet in Worlds of Tomorrow Aug. 10/1 It's the breaks, former First Officer Cane. I never got them, not till old Jarvy dropped dead and went out the garbage chute one week from port.
1981 M. Resnick Soul Eater (1992) 10 He remained in port for four days, until all his money for the most recent hunt had been cabled to him, then made preparations to pick up the Baffledivers in the Pinnipes system.
2000 D. Drake Lt. Leary Commanding (2001) i. 8 A plume of steam expanded from a berth halfway across the port. The ground trembled for several seconds before the roar of a ship lifting off reached Daniel's party through the air.
2001 D. Feintuch Children of Hope 53 Anselm clapped the shoulder of his jumpsuit. ‘You're fine, joey. Officers dress for dinner; passengers are more casual, especially in port.’