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portage

[ pawr-tij, pohr-, or, for 2, 3, 5, 6, pawr-tahzh ]
/ 藞p蓴r t瑟d蕭, 藞po蕣r-, or, for 2, 3, 5, 6, p蓴r藞t蓱蕭 /
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noun
the act of carrying; carriage.
the carrying of boats, goods, etc., overland from one navigable water to another.
the route over which this is done.
the cost of carriage.
verb (used without object), por路taged, por路tag路ing.
to make a portage: On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.
verb (used with object), por路taged, por路tag路ing.
to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with: We portaged our canoe around the rapids.
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Origin of portage

1375鈥1425; late Middle English <Middle French; see port5, -age

Other definitions for portage (2 of 2)

Portage
[ pawr-tij, pohr- ]
/ 藞p蓴r t瑟d蕭, 藞po蕣r- /

noun
a city in SW Michigan.
a town in NW Indiana.
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British Dictionary definitions for portage

portage
/ (藞p蓴藧t瑟d蕭, French p蓴rta蕭) /

noun
the act of carrying; transport
the cost of carrying or transporting
the act or process of transporting boats, supplies, etc, overland between navigable waterways
the route overland used for such transport
verb
to transport (boats, supplies, etc) overland between navigable waterways

Word Origin for portage

C15: from French, from Old French porter to carry
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