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English

Etymology

Middle French portance (a carrying, support), from porter (to carry) < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] portare (carry, bear, convey).

Noun

portance

  1. (archaic) The manner in which one carries oneself; personal carriage; bearing; deportment; mien.

Synonyms

  • port (also a dated/archaic sense)

French

Etymology

porter + -ance

Noun

portance f.

  1. Lift (upward force, such as that which keeps an aircraft aloft)
  2. Bearing pressure

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