port : a place where ships may ride secure from storms - Definition of port by Merriam-Webster.

I have two questions.

  1. What's the meaning of "ride" and "secure" in this sentence?

  2. "secure" is used as verb or adjective. Then in this sentence, form of "ride secure" is [verb] + [adjective/verb]. Isn't it wrong in grammar?

1 Answer 1


You're parsing the sentence slightly incorrectly. It isn't one single phrase "ride secure", it's "ride / secure from storms".

Ride simply has its dictionary definition here:

3 a : to lie moored or anchored

Secure is an adjective, as you noted, which means "safe":

2 a : free from danger

So the correct way to parse the sentence is:

a place where ships may lie moored or anchored in a way that is safe from storms.

  • So "safe" is for "a place", NOT for "ride", right? So, 1. a place where ships may ride. 2. a place safe from storms. The sentence have these two meanings, right?
    – Ting Choe
    Feb 11, 2017 at 14:47
  • Essentially, yes. It's "a place for ships to ride that is safe from storms".
    – stangdon
    Feb 11, 2017 at 16:36

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