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Meaning of portage

por•tage

Pronunciation: (pôr'tij, pōr'-, or, for 2, 3, 5, 6, pôr-täzh'), [key]
— n., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
—n.
  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.
—v.i.
  1. to make a portage: On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.
—v.t.
  1. to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with: We portaged our canoe around the rapids.

Por•tage

Pronunciation: (pôr'tij, pōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. a city in SW Michigan. 38,157.
  2. a town in NW Indiana. 27,409.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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