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

For an Arctic adventure, there’s Manshausen Island Resort or Lyngen Lodge, an eight-room property with dramatic mountain and sea views and its own boat for whale watching and ferrying hikers, bikers, and skiers to parts (almost) unknown. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 This is an instantaneous launch window, and the mission will ferry 2.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station, including materials to support 250 experiments on the orbiting laboratory. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches 2.5 tons of cargo to the ISS, but … [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit plans to launch satellite-ferrying rockets into low-Earth orbit from the wing of a converted commercial airliner. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Orbit Flies Converted 747 With Rocket Attached to Its Wing For First Time," 19 Nov. 2018 When SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station next year, the company’s ocean vessel Go Searcher will be tasked with recovering SpaceX’s crewed Dragon capsules that splash down in the Atlantic. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 Alderman estimated that his volunteers ferry about 50 to 100 people a day, making home calls and personalized stops and even conducting historic tours with no particular set route. Jason Ruiter, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mount Dora stops 'humiliating' practice of taking tips from shuttle volunteers," 23 Apr. 2018 The rocket, which is the world’s largest and capable of carrying more than 140,000 pounds of cargo, is ferrying the Tesla and its passenger, a mannequin SpaceX calls Starman. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Elon Musk's Tesla Missed Mars Orbit After Successful Falcon Heavy Launch," 7 Feb. 2018 More than half of their drivers are ferrying around passengers on a full-time basis, and about half of all drivers are supporting families with children on that income. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "New York City passes nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers," 5 Dec. 2018 The company ferries passengers between locations within Union Point as well as to a nearby commuter rail station. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On that day, the white supremacists are said to take the ferry over to commemorate the martyrdom of a hero to their cause. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault," 31 Dec. 2018 For urbanites who travel frequently by ferry—hello there, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco—this will be a welcome addition to your child’s library. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The airline attendants were also lovely—the actual connector took less than an hour and was easier than taking one of the available ferries. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Vacation Like a Royal in Nevis," 25 June 2018 The firm has never run a ferry service and has no contracts with ports. Costas Paris, WSJ, "U.K. Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit," 8 Jan. 2019 The Cat’’ ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia. BostonGlobe.com, "Papa John’s founder apologizes for racial slur," 12 July 2018 Liberty Lines also operates interisland ferry service. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 To transportation and housing experts, the ferry service is a form of smart urban planning. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Soon-to-open Richmond ferry terminal could revive shoreline, usher in gentrification," 5 July 2018 The museum sponsors the private ferry service, a new mode of transportation on the harbor. New York Times, "In an East Boston Shipyard, a Watershed Idea for Art," 22 June 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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