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French, from porter (to carry).


portage (countable and uncountable, plural portages)

  1. An act of carrying, especially the carrying of a boat overland between two waterways.
  2. The route used for such carrying.
  3. A charge made for carrying something.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Fell to this entry?)
  4. Carrying capacity; tonnage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hakluyt to this entry?)
  5. The wages paid to a sailor when in port, or for a voyage.
  6. A porthole.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, act 3, scene 1
      Then lend the eye a terrible aspect;
      Let pry through the portage of the head
      Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it
      As fearfully as doth a galled rock
      O'erhang and jutty his confounded base,
      Swill'd with the wild and wasteful ocean.

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portage (third-person singular simple present portages, present participle portaging, simple past and past participle portaged)

  1. (nautical) To carry a boat overland

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