Portage Definition

pôrtĭj, pôr-täzh
portaged, portages, portaging
noun
The act of carrying or transporting.
Webster's New World
The charge for this.
Webster's New World
A carrying of boats and supplies overland from one lake or river to another, as during a canoe trip.
Webster's New World
Any route over which this is done.
Webster's New World
Portage is defined as the act of carrying or transporting, or payment for carrying, or carrying small boats over land between two bodies of water.
An example of portage is bringing suitcases up to the hotel room.
An example of portage is taking a canoe out of the river right before the rapids and carrying it down the side of the river and then replacing the canoe into the river after the rapids.
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verb
To transport or travel by portage.
Canoed and portaged the goods; portaging around the rapids.
American Heritage
To carry (a canoe, supplies, etc.) over a portage.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Portage

Noun

Singular:
portage
Plural:
portages

Origin of Portage

  • Middle English from Old French from porter to carry from Latin portāre per-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French, from porter (“to carry").

    From Wiktionary

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