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

The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a wagon that is nothing like the wagons that ferried Gen Xers through their suburban youth. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no family truckster," 9 July 2018 But its biggest relationship is with Sierra Nevada Corp., which is building Dream Chaser, an unmanned space plane that will ferry supplies to the International Space Station. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "New England stakes its claim in New Space," 2 July 2018 Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been chosen to build a high-speed tunnel link between downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport that would ferry passengers in just 12 minutes. NBC News, "Chicago picks Elon Musk's Boring Company to dig tunnel from downtown to airport," 14 June 2018 The shootout sent visitors at the hill, which provides a panoramic view of the seaside city, scrambling for cover and prompted officials to temporarily shut down the cable car system that ferries visitors. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, "Brazil’s Spending on Public Safety Soared. So Did Violence.," 11 June 2018 Other such services, such as Food Connect in Philadelphia, have an app that donors can download to get their food ferried to a charitable organization. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "Food rescuers race to battle waste, hunger," 4 June 2018 The railcar and boat -- one of which took Jewish people to their deaths at the hands of Nazis, the other a lifesaver that ferried 7,700 people to safety -- had been displayed outdoors for years, vulnerable to Houston's weather. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust Museum's big artifacts take flight," 31 May 2018 New details were released on Monday from the agencies involved in the search, including the Colombian military that ferried Remus 6000 to the search location. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., courant.com, "A robot submarine found the 'Holy Grail of shipwrecks.' It’s worth billions.," 24 May 2018 The car that ferried Meghan Markle to her wedding in style was part of the Queen's stable of British luxury cars. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding: Rolls-Royce stars along with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights. Time, "All 11 People on Board Survived Alaska Plane Crash, Coast Guard Says," 11 July 2018 Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska," 10 July 2018 Residents can travel to Ketchikan by ferry or scheduled commuter flights. Fox News, "Coast Guard: All 11 rescued from crashed plane in Alaska," 10 July 2018 Additionally, Angle had to consider actually getting things onto the island, which is only accessible by ferry. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Fire Island house brings the spirit of sand and surf indoors," 9 July 2018 With its impeccably maintained historic homes, gorgeous private beach only accessible by ferry, and a Main Street brimming with art galleries and live theater, Bellport has been an insider secret of the creative set since the 1970s. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "Hamptons Not Your Scene? Consider the Low-Key Charm of Bellport, New York," 3 July 2018 The lightly populated, heavily forested archipelago is a favorite weekend destination for mainlanders from Seattle and Vancouver, most of whom come by ferry and floatplane for a slower way of life. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 The ferry boat dock location in Rising Sun is located minutes from Rising Star Casino Resort. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Ferry christened: Casino tries Lady Luck to boost business," 12 July 2018 Distraught relatives have gathered at major ferry docks on the lake, hoping for news of missing family members. Fox News, "Dozens missing after ferry sinking at Indonesia's Lake Toba," 19 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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