Portage meaning

pôr'tĭj, pôr-täzh'
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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To transport or travel by portage.

Canoed and portaged the goods; portaging around the rapids.

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To carry (a canoe, supplies, etc.) over a portage.
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An act of carrying, especially the carrying of a boat overland between two waterways.
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The route used for such carrying.
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A charge made for carrying something.

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Carrying capacity; tonnage.

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The wages paid to a sailor when in port, or for a voyage.
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(nautical) To carry a boat overland.
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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