- 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.
- to make a portage: On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.
- to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with: We portaged our canoe around the rapids.
Origin of portage
- a city in SW Michigan.
- a town in NW Indiana.
Examples from the Web for portage
In 1847, he completed his light-house work by building the Portage River light-house.
From Warren he removed to Ravenna, in the adjoining county of Portage.
The day we passed over this portage was a most miserable one.
The next outcrop observed was on the portage from the Nascaupee River.
A railway across this portage was opened for traffic in 1876.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- 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
- to transport (boats, supplies, etc) overland between navigable waterways
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.