verb (used without object), por·taged, por·tag·ing.
verb (used with object), por·taged, por·tag·ing.
Definition for portage (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for portage
This portage lies over an open pine ridge, from which the timber has been chiefly burned.
Fort Winnebago is a military post, at the bend, and on the right bank of Fox river, opposite the portage.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West|J. M. Peck
Thus they "packed" the goods over the portage, their heads sustaining the loads, and their backs merely steadying them.On Canada's Frontier|Julian Ralph
We come to one with a drop of sixteen feet, around which we make a portage, and then stop for dinner.Canyons of the Colorado|J. W. Powell
They reached the portage of the Great Falls without difficulty, and eagerly examined the caches which they had left there.The Magnificent Adventure|Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for portage
Word Origin for portage
Word Origin and History for portage
early 15c., "action of carrying," said to be from Old French portage, Medieval Latin portaticum, though the meaning of these was "tax paid on entering a town," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "carrying of boats from one navigable water to another" is from 1690s, reinforced in Canadian French.