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[pawr-tij, pohr-, or for 2, 3, 5, 6, pawr-tahzh] /ˈpɔr tɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr-, or for 2, 3, 5, 6, pɔrˈtɑʒ/

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), portaged, portaging.
to make a portage:
On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.
verb (used with object), portaged, portaging.
to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with:
We portaged our canoe around the rapids.
[pawr-tij, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr-/
a city in SW Michigan.
a town in NW Indiana.
/ˈpɔːtɪdʒ; French pɔrtaʒ/
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

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.


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