port-aging

portage

[pawr-tij, pohr-, or for 2, 3, 5, 6, pawr-tahzh]
noun
1.
the act of carrying; carriage.
2.
the carrying of boats, goods, etc., overland from one navigable water to another.
3.
the route over which this is done.
4.
the cost of carriage.
verb (used without object), portaged, portaging.
5.
to make a portage: On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.
verb (used with object), portaged, portaging.
6.
to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with: We portaged our canoe around the rapids.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French; see port5, -age

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portage (ˈpɔːtɪdʒ, French pɔrtaʒ)
 
n
1.  the act of carrying; transport
2.  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
 
vb
5.  to transport (boats, supplies, etc) overland between navigable waterways
 
[C15: from French, from Old French porter to carry]

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portage
1423, "action of carrying," from O.Fr. portage "tax paid on entering a town," from porter "to carry," from L. portare "to carry" (see port (1)). Sense of "carrying of boats from one navigable water to another" is from 1698, reinforced in Canadian Fr.
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