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 (pôr′tĭj, pôr-täzh′)
a. The act or an instance of carrying.
b. A charge for carrying.
2. Nautical
a. The carrying of boats and supplies overland between two waterways or around an obstacle to navigation.
b. A track or route used for such carrying.
tr. & intr.v. port·aged, port·ag·ing, port·ag·es Nautical
To transport or travel by portage: canoed and portaged the goods; portaging around the rapids.

[Middle English, from Old French, from porter, to carry, from Latin portāre; see per- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈpɔːtɪdʒ; French pɔrtaʒ)
1. the act of carrying; transport
2. (Commerce) the cost of carrying or transporting
3. the act or process of transporting boats, supplies, etc, overland between navigable waterways
4. the route overland used for such transport
to transport (boats, supplies, etc) overland between navigable waterways
[C15: from French, from Old French porter to carry]


(ˈpɔr tɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr- or, for 2,3,5,6, pɔrˈtɑʒ)

n., v. -taged, -tag•ing. n.
1. the act of carrying; carriage.
2. the carrying of boats, supplies, etc., overland from one navigable water to another.
3. the route over which this is done.
4. the cost of carriage.
5. to make a portage.
6. to carry over a portage: to portage a canoe.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French; see port5, -age]


Past participle: portaged
Gerund: portaging

I portage
you portage
he/she/it portages
we portage
you portage
they portage
I portaged
you portaged
he/she/it portaged
we portaged
you portaged
they portaged
Present Continuous
I am portaging
you are portaging
he/she/it is portaging
we are portaging
you are portaging
they are portaging
Present Perfect
I have portaged
you have portaged
he/she/it has portaged
we have portaged
you have portaged
they have portaged
Past Continuous
I was portaging
you were portaging
he/she/it was portaging
we were portaging
you were portaging
they were portaging
Past Perfect
I had portaged
you had portaged
he/she/it had portaged
we had portaged
you had portaged
they had portaged
I will portage
you will portage
he/she/it will portage
we will portage
you will portage
they will portage
Future Perfect
I will have portaged
you will have portaged
he/she/it will have portaged
we will have portaged
you will have portaged
they will have portaged
Future Continuous
I will be portaging
you will be portaging
he/she/it will be portaging
we will be portaging
you will be portaging
they will be portaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been portaging
you have been portaging
he/she/it has been portaging
we have been portaging
you have been portaging
they have been portaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been portaging
you will have been portaging
he/she/it will have been portaging
we will have been portaging
you will have been portaging
they will have been portaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been portaging
you had been portaging
he/she/it had been portaging
we had been portaging
you had been portaging
they had been portaging
I would portage
you would portage
he/she/it would portage
we would portage
you would portage
they would portage
Past Conditional
I would have portaged
you would have portaged
he/she/it would have portaged
we would have portaged
you would have portaged
they would have portaged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portage - the cost of carrying or transportingportage - the cost of carrying or transporting
cost - the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
2.portage - overland track between navigable waterways
cart track, cartroad, track - any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
3.portage - carrying boats and supplies overland
carry - the act of carrying something


[ˈpɔːtɪdʒ] Nporteo m


n (Comm) (= act)Transport m, → Beförderung f; (= cost)Rollgeld nt, → Transportkosten pl, → Beförderungsentgelt nt
References in classic literature ?
With the high plain that there interposed itself to the further passage of the water, commenced a portage of as many miles, which conducted the adventurer to the banks of the Hudson, at a point where, with the usual obstructions of the rapids, or rifts, as they were then termed in the language of the country, the river became navigable to the tide.
When, therefore, intelligence was received at the fort which covered the southern termination of the portage between the Hudson and the lakes, that Montcalm had been seen moving up the Champlain, with an army "numerous as the leaves on the trees," its truth was admitted with more of the craven reluctance of fear than with the stern joy that a warrior should feel, in finding an enemy within reach of his blow.
After the first surprise of the intelligence had a little abated, a rumor was spread through the entrenched camp, which stretched along the margin of the Hudson, forming a chain of outworks to the body of the fort itself, that a chosen detachment of fifteen hundred men was to depart, with the dawn, for William Henry, the post at the northern extremity of the portage.
To behold the Northwest Company in all its state and grandeur, however, it was necessary to witness an annual gathering at the great interior place of conference established at Fort William, near what is called the Grand Portage, on Lake Superior.
Lawrence near Montreal, and by other rivers and portages, to Lake Nipising, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and thence, by several chains of great and small lakes, to Lake Winnipeg, Lake Athabasca, and the Great Slave Lake.
I remember, at the end of the twenty-eight- mile portage across Chilcoot from Dyea Beach to Lake Linderman, I was packing up with the Indians and out-packing many an Indian.
And there was one bad stretch where in two days they covered nine miles, being compelled to turn their backs three times on the river and to portage sled and outfit over the mountains.
Twice we came across rapids, and in each case made a portage of half a mile or so to avoid them.
It was the custom to line the empty boats down and to portage the cargoes across.
The number and length of those PORTAGES, over which the roads are bad, and the travelling slow, render the way between the towns of Montreal and Kingston, somewhat tedious.
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