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ferry

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verb fer·ry \ˈfer-ē, ˈfe-rē\

Simple Definition of ferry

  • : to carry or move (someone or something) on a vehicle (such as a boat or a car) usually for a short distance between two places

Full Definition of ferry

fer·riedfer·ry·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to carry by boat over a body of water b :  to cross by a ferry

  3. 2 a :  to convey (as by aircraft or motor vehicle) from one place to another :  transport b :  to fly (an airplane) from the factory or other shipping point to a designated delivery point or from one base to another

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cross water in a boat

Examples of ferry

  1. The cars were ferried across the river.

  2. They ferry supplies to the island.



Origin of ferry

Middle English ferien, from Old English ferian to carry, convey; akin to Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: before 12th century

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ferry

noun fer·ry

Simple Definition of ferry

  • : a place where a ferryboat operates

Full Definition of ferry

plural fer·ries

  1. 1 :  a place where persons or things are carried across a body of water (as a river) in a boat

  2. 2 :  ferryboat

  3. 3 :  a franchise or right to operate a ferry service across a body of water

  4. 4 :  an organized service and route for flying airplanes especially across a sea or continent for delivery to the user

Examples of ferry

  1. Ferries to both islands depart daily.

  2. You can get there by ferry.

  3. We'll meet you at the ferry.



15th Century

First Known Use of ferry

15th century

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FERRY Defined for Kids

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ferry

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verb fer·ry \ˈfer-ē\

Definition of ferry

fer·riedfer·ry·ing

  1. 1 :  to carry by boat over a body of water

  2. 2 :  to cross a body of water by a ferryboat

  3. 3 :  to transport for a short distance




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ferry

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noun fer·ry

Definition of ferry

plural fer·ries

  1. 1 :  ferryboat

  2. 2 :  a place where persons or things are ferried





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