ferry

verb
fer·​ry | \ˈfer-ē, ˈfe-rē\
ferried; ferrying

Definition of ferry 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

b : to cross by a ferry

2a : 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

intransitive verb

: to cross water in a boat

ferry

noun
plural ferries

Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : ferryboat

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

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

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Synonyms for ferry

Synonyms: Verb

bear, carry, cart, convey, haul, lug, pack, tote, transport

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Examples of ferry in a Sentence

Verb

The cars were ferried across the river. They ferry supplies to the island.

Noun

Ferries to both islands depart daily. You can get there by ferry. We'll meet you at the ferry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cruises are unique in their negatives but also their positives — what else ferries you to and from picture-perfect destinations in a vessel dedicated to pampering its inhabitants? Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The case against cruises," 15 Nov. 2018 The airstrikes hit pedestrians in the area of the attack and also struck a bus that was ferrying civilians, including many school children, the elders said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Ahmed Al-haj, Fox News, "Yemen tribal leaders: Airstrikes in country's north kill 20," 9 Aug. 2018 People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city in far northern Thailand near the Myanmar border. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 By the summer of 1998, more than 800 747s were ferrying passengers around the globe, according to data and analytics company FlightGlobal. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 One official said the helicopter was not on a combat operation but was ferrying troops. Thomas Gibbons-neff And Margaret Coker, New York Times, "U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq With Seven Aboard," 15 Mar. 2018 People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying the boys arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai city. Anchorage Daily News, "After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team is out of cave," 10 July 2018 To continuously stoke their fires, tuna rely on a blush of iron in their muscles to bind and ferry oxygen back and forth from their ultra-efficient gills. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Self-driving cars ferried kids back-and-forth from school. Dyllan Furness, Ars Technica, "Can you build an entire town off-the-grid? Babcock Ranch wants to find out," 25 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The neighborhood is along the East River and is accessible by multiple subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and two ferry stops. WSJ, "What Is Amazon Getting From New York City and Virginia?," 13 Nov. 2018 Bawah Island, IndonesiaArrive via ferry or seaplane to the Bawah Island resort and then do absolutely nothing. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Fit Southeast Asia's Greatest Hits into a Single Trip," 13 Nov. 2018 As a result, the expendable descent stage, which would arrive with each new Orion crew (as well as propellant for the ascent engine), could have a minimum size, while the space tug could be used for multiple ferry trips. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA’s Return to the Moon Could Include a Reusable Lunar Lander," 23 Oct. 2018 The high winds forced ferries to remain in port Thursday, severing Greek islands' connection to the mainland. Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, Fox News, "Cyclone warning as gale-force winds batter Greece," 27 Sep. 2018 Pottawatomie, Rock Island The journey to get to this lighthouse is a long one: a drive up the Door County peninsula and two ferry rides. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 The half-hour ferry ride from the CBD has Harbour Bridge views that are reason enough to go. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 Here's an idea for your next ferry ride — a much longer one, to boot. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's summer gems: 22 activities you must try," 27 June 2018 An inexpensive ferry ride can be a good compromise. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Pasco County: Soak in sun, wildlife, history — and maybe spy dolphins — on ferry cruise to Anclote Key," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of ferry

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for ferry

Verb

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

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The first known use of ferry was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for ferry

ferry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ferry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

ferry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where a ferryboat operates

ferry

verb
fer·​ry | \ˈfer-ē \
ferried; ferrying

Kids Definition of ferry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to carry by boat over a body of water

2 : to cross a body of water by a ferryboat

3 : to transport for a short distance

ferry

noun
plural ferries

Kids Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : ferryboat

2 : a place where persons or things are ferried

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