The root word for this word is "haven", altho in English there is also the obscure word "hamlet" for this too, which might make this easier to remember. Also, the Danish word "havn" (related to this word) is used in the capital city's name "København"
What exactly is a port? I live in the US but still have no clue on what that is. Can anyone help?
A port is a location on a coast or shore containing one or more harbors where ships can dock and transfer people or cargo to or from land. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter from wind and waves.
No, not really. Broadly speaking, a port/harbour is the entire area meant for ships, while a dock is the place from/to which you load and unload them.
To me they all mean different things. Harbor is the general area, mainly the body of water meant for anchoring ships, while port mainly refers to the general vicinity where the docks are located, and the docks themselves refer to the physical structure which boats dock themselves to for purposes of transfering people and objects. (American English speaker, here)
why is dock accepted in other instances, but port is compulsory in this exercise? is there a difference between dock and port?