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ford

play
noun \ˈfȯrd\

Simple Definition of ford

  • : a shallow part of a river, stream, etc., that may be crossed by walking or driving across it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ford

  1. :  a shallow part of a body of water that may be crossed by wading

Examples of ford in a sentence

  1. <didn't attempt getting the horses across the stream until we had reached the ford>



Origin and Etymology of ford

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse fjǫrthr fjord, Latin portus port, Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

ford

verb

Simple Definition of ford

  • : to cross (an area of water) by walking or riding across a shallow part

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ford

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cross (a body of water) by wading

fordable

play \ˈfȯr-də-bəl\ adjective

1614

First Known Use of ford

1614


Ford

play
biographical name \ˈfȯrd\

Definition of Ford

  1. Ford Mad*ox play \ˈma-dəks\ 1873–1939 originally Ford Hermann Huef*fer play \ˈhü-fər; ˈhwe-fər, ˈwe-\ Eng. author




Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

  1. Gerald R(udolph) 1913–2006 Am. polit.; 38th pres. of the United States (1974–77)




Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

  1. Henry 1863–1947 Am. automobile manuf.




Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

  1. John 1586–?1639 Eng. dram.




Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

  1. John 1895–1973 originally John Martin Feeney Am. film dir.




FORD Defined for Kids

1

ford

play
noun \ˈfȯrd\

Definition of ford for Students

  1. :  a shallow place in a body of water that may be crossed by wading




2

ford

play
verb

Definition of ford for Students

forded

fording

  1. :  to cross by wading <We had to ford a stream.>





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