• WordNet 3.6
    • n portage carrying boats and supplies overland
    • n portage overland track between navigable waterways
    • n portage the cost of carrying or transporting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portage A carry between navigable waters. See 3d Carry.
    • n Portage A porthole.
    • n Portage (Naut) A sailor's wages when in port.
    • Portage Capacity for carrying; tonnage.
    • Portage The act of carrying or transporting.
    • Portage The price of carriage; porterage.
    • v. t. & i Portage To carry (goods, boats, etc.) overland between navigable waters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n portage The act of carrying; carriage; transportation.
    • n portage That which is carried or transported; cargo; freight; baggage.
    • n portage Tonnage; burden of a vessel.
    • n portage The price paid for carriage; freight-charges.
    • n portage 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.
    • n portage An opening; a port or port-hole.
    • portage To carry; pack, as a boat around a portage.
    • portage To carry; proceed by carrying (a boat or load); make a portage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Portage act of carrying: carriage: price of carriage: a space between two rivers, canals, &c., over which goods and boats have to be carried
    • n Portage (Shak.) an opening
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from porter, to carry. See Port to carry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. porte—L. porta, gate.


In literature:

In the early night, by Portage la Prairie, we had seen big fires burning in the distance.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
Then he pushed on to Grand Portage, where he spent some time in talking to the Indians.
"Pathfinders of the Great Plains" by Lawrence J. Burpee
In northern Indiana another remarkable system of portages appeared.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
Champlain's firmness, however, communicated itself to them, and on July 12 they set out from Chambly Basin to commence the portage.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
It took the party a full month to make the portage.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
Taking a canoe and three of his best men, Radisson paddled and portaged over this route to the Nelson.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
In the phrase of one of the most distinguished of Canadian engineers, Thomas C. Keefer, the early roads were portage roads.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
One morning a portage route was of necessity winding and rough.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
He knew we must continue to go up one stream; then, by way of a portage, down another; and then up a third.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Both had canoes, but they agreed to use Enoch's only, as one was all they cared to "pack" over the portage to the upper Otter.
"With Ethan Allen at Ticonderoga" by W. Bert Foster
At the door of the shack, Lancaster and his younger daughter were watching the portage, piecemeal, of the troops.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
He had gone into a country of rocky portages with only one pair of moccasins.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
But portage, carry, or pack, the results are the same.
"In the Oregon Country" by George Palmer Putnam
All the rapids'd have to be portaged.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
There's a clear canoe way, barring a few portages, and that means a clear ice road till it snows.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
A railroad now (1867) connects lakes George and Champlain, over which an easy portage can be made.
"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" by Nathaniel H. Bishop
Water was on the rock portages and we had to shove round through the bush.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
During the next few days we had several such portages to make.
"Among the Red-skins" by W.H.G. Kingston
A portage is literally a carrying.
"The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith" by W.H.G. Kingston
Progress was only possible by careful paddling and short portages.
"The Boy With the U. S. Survey" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler

In poetry:

Jus' feel de muscle along hees back,
Won't geev' heem moche bodder for carry pack
On de long portage, any size canoe,
Dere's not many t'ing dat boy won't do
For he's got double-joint on hees body too,
Leetle Bateese!
"Little Bateese" by William Henry Drummond
De night is dark an' de portage dere
Got plaintee o' log lyin' ev'ryw'ere,
Black bush aroun' on de right an' lef,
A step from de road an' you los' you'se'f;
De moon an' de star above is gone,
Yet somet'ing tell me I mus' go on.
"The Last Portage" by William Henry Drummond
Twenty year so hard we’re workin', twenty year reapin', sowin',
Choppin' tree an' makin' portage, an' de chil'ren help us too--
But it’s never feelin' lonesome w'ile de familee is growin',
An' de cradle seldom empty, an' we got so moche to do.
"Pioneers" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

Portage County is searching for a new Emergency Government Director.
2-3-12 Judith annHughes to John J and Maria Reinbolt, vacant land Portage River South Road, $28,000.
The elected officials of Portage Township believe that it is fitting to maintain and enhance the cemeteries within the township in order to honor the memory of past generations.
Search is on for handcuffed man who escaped from Portage police cruiser.
Inmate overcrowding, especially among women, a problem in Portage County Jail.
Portage Health's first- ever Turkey Trot.
The Portage County Chapter of the Knights of Columbus will host a special veterans bus trip to The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury and the Scioto Downs Racino in Columbus on Nov 19.
After some early-season hard luck, the Red Devils won their second game in a row by dominating the second half of Friday's Portage Trail Conference Metro Division clash with the host Panthers.
On Saturday, Dec 1, at 4:15 pm, Santa's friends from the Portage District Fire Department will be guiding him through the streets of Oak Harbor as he announces his arrival and opens the 2012 Holiday Season.
Retired Portage Firefighter protests Right to Work Bill.
Gas stations in Kalamazoo, Portage drop their price for regular to $3.19.
PORTAGE TOWNSHIP --Ohio Gov - 8:00 am.
In this Nov 16, 2012 photo, a sand bar is exposed by low water on Portage Lake in Onekama, Mich.
714 N Portage Path, Akron.
KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – Portage native Osha Kelley is attempting something that most won't believe is possible.