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portage

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noun por·tage \ ˈpȯr-tij , sense 3 is also pȯr-ˈtäzh \

Definition of portage

1 :the labor of carrying or transporting
2 archaic :the cost of carrying :porterage
3 a :the carrying of boats or goods overland from one body of water to another or around an obstacle (such as a rapids)
b :the route followed in making such a transfer

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Portage was borrowed from French back in the 15th century to mean "carrying, transporting" or "freight", and it has kept its simple "carrying" sense to the present day. But its first known use in its "carrying of boats" sense came in 1698, and the obstacle that the canoes couldn't be steered over was none other than Niagara Falls. Though canoes are much lighter today than they used to be, a long portage that includes a lot of camping gear can still test a camper's strength.

Origin and Etymology of portage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from porter to carry


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portage

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verb por·tage \ ˈpȯr-tij , pȯr-ˈtäzh \

Definition of portage

portaged; portaging
transitive verb
:to carry over a portage
intransitive verb
:to move gear over a portage

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First Known Use of portage

1836


Portage

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geographical name Por·tage \ ˈpȯr-tij \

Definition of Portage

1 city on Lake Michigan in northwestern Indiana east of Gary population 36,828
2 city in southwestern Michigan south of Kalamazoo population 46,292

Did You Know?

Portage was borrowed from French back in the 15th century to mean "carrying, transporting" or "freight", and it has kept its simple "carrying" sense to the present day. But its first known use in its "carrying of boats" sense came in 1698, and the obstacle that the canoes couldn't be steered over was none other than Niagara Falls. Though canoes are much lighter today than they used to be, a long portage that includes a lot of camping gear can still test a camper's strength.



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