from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act or an instance of carrying.
- noun A charge for carrying.
- noun The carrying of boats and supplies overland between two waterways or around an obstacle to navigation.
- noun A track or route used for such carrying.
- transitive & intransitive verb To transport or travel by portage.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of carrying; carriage; transportation.
- noun That which is carried or transported; cargo; freight; baggage.
- noun Tonnage; burden of a vessel.
- noun The price paid for carriage; freight-charges.
- noun A break in a chain of water-communication over which goods, boats, etc., have to be carried, as from one lake, river, or canal to another, or along the banks of rivers round waterfalls, rapids, or the like; a carry.
- To carry; pack, as a boat around a portage.
- To carry; proceed by carrying (a boat or load); make a portage.
- noun An opening; a port or port-hole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete A porthole.
- verb To carry (goods, boats, etc.) overland between navigable waters.
- noun The act of carrying or transporting.
- noun The price of carriage; porterage.
- noun obsolete Capacity for carrying; tonnage.
- noun A carry between navigable waters. See 3d
- noun A sailor's wages when in port.
- noun The amount of a sailor's wages for a voyage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun An act of
carrying, especially the carrying of a boat overlandbetween two waterways
- noun The
routeused for such carrying
- noun A
chargemade for carrying something
- verb nautical To carry a boat overland
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun overland track between navigable waterways
- noun the cost of carrying or transporting
- noun carrying boats and supplies overland
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The reason for having children, of course, is so that you can express yourself through their "portage"--and a cargo bike has way more smug-appeal than a rideable stroller:
A portage is a place between lakes and rivers where the waters become so shallow or rapid that they cannot be navigated, and the boats have to be lifted ashore and carried overland until it is possible to take to the water again.
In this, as in every other part of their territories, the Company use boats for the transport of property; but by a very judicious arrangement, much time and labour are saved at this portage, which is said to be twelve miles in length.
The French word portage, for example, was already in common use before the end of the seventeenth century, and soon after came chowder, cache, caribou, voyageur, and various words that, like the last-named, have since become localisms or disappeared altogether.
The portage was a short one, scarce two hundred yards in length, and at the upper end was a small green meadow in which river voyagers camped.
That appreciation and expression of the beautiful is something that the French explorers in that other world -- the valley reached of the pioneers of the seeing eyes and the understanding hearts -- have carried and will continue to carry over those same portages, to give that virile life of the west some of those higher satisfactions of which this daughter of the portage is the prophetess.
They had reached what is called a portage or carrying-place, and there are hundreds of such places all over Rupert's Land.
Hodge, who went through this way to the St. Lawrence in the service of the State, calls the portage here a mile and three quarters long, and states that Mud Pond has been found to be fourteen feet higher than Umbazookskus Lake.
We set out on the 14th before day, and effected the portage, which is long and difficult.
The portage is a fine road through a handsome plain.