ferry

verb
fer·​ry | \ ˈfer-ē How to pronounce ferry (audio) , 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

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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 Both AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson use adenoviruses to ferry DNA into human cells to create immunity against the coronavirus. New York Times, "C.D.C. Panel Keeps Pause on Use of J&J Vaccine, Citing Need to Assess Potential Risks," 14 Apr. 2021 This being spring, waiters in red jackets with gold buttons dart in and out of the kitchen to ferry drinks from the bar and dishes from the kitchen to those of us wishing to dine alfresco. Washington Post, "L’Auberge Chez Francois is ready for its close-up, yet again," 9 Apr. 2021 Transmission lines are the massive steel towers that ferry electricity across the state, from wind and solar farms in West Texas to San Antonio and other cities. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, "More solar power was generated in Texas last month than in all of 2015," 11 Feb. 2021 One turned onto Fouts Avenue and parked for the day as others passed by on their way to ferry students from their homes to the classroom. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Texas needs a broadband office to address digital divide for students and families, advocates say," 3 Feb. 2021 This month, in cooperation with Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon, two M group restaurants in London unleashed Bailey and Sage, which ferry bottles and glasses of bubbly to customers. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Eight Ways Wine Will Change in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 This month, in cooperation with Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon, two M group restaurants in London unleashed Bailey and Sage, which ferry bottles and glasses of bubbly to customers. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "8 ways wine will change in 2021," 28 Dec. 2020 Education levels in tea gardens have improved in the past few years, with tea firms arranging buses to ferry children to schools, more schools in the vicinity, and nonprofits connecting children with colleges and universities. Roli Srivastava, The Christian Science Monitor, "Most Indian tea pickers are landless. Can their kids fight back?," 24 Mar. 2021 On a signal sent by Captain Smith, Cuban traffickers sent out launches to ferry the slaves and crew members ashore. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long?," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No bridges connect the mainland to the islands, only four of which can be reached by ferry. Jennifer Flowers, WSJ, "The Sweetest Summer Vacation: Sailing Around the San Juans," 25 Mar. 2021 Years later, my parents and I set forth from the Bronx, and made our way by ferry to the emerald island of Staten. Tim Kelleher, National Review, "Memories of a Staten Island Childhood," 28 Feb. 2021 Whether by car or by ferry, the commute to downtown Charleston is a quick 25 minutes. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, "Charleston’s Daniel Island: Expansive Yet Intimate Southern Living," 27 Feb. 2021 As recently as this past February, more than 68,000 commuters from Jersey City and Hoboken boarded the PATH train that connects the two cities to Manhattan every weekday morning, and still more commuted by ferry or bus. New York Times, "They Loved N.Y.C. but Lived in Jersey. The Pandemic Changed That.," 16 Oct. 2020 The town, accessible via seasonal flight, ferry, or cruise, will soon open the Ilulissat Icefjord Center, a sleek new visitor center overlooking the Ilulissat Icefjord, one of few destinations where Greenland’s ice cap meets the sea. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, "Greenland Is Approaching Tourism Slowly—And Taking Lessons from Iceland," 24 Mar. 2021 The vaccines, made by China’s Sinovac Biotech, traveled three hours by plane from Jakarta to Banda Aceh but had four hours to go via ferry and armored truck to reach the distribution center. Washington Post, "‘There’s no virus here’: An epic vaccine race against all odds in Indonesia," 24 Mar. 2021 Your visit will start in Giglio Porto, the colorful main town and ferry port that's home to the majority of the island's residents and services. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Hidden Island Off the Coast of Tuscany Offers Crystalline Sea Views, Hidden Coves for Snorkeling, and Amazing Hikes," 20 Mar. 2021 For example, a trip by ferry and train from San Francisco to San Rafael by way of Greenbrae took 53 minutes back then. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "When Marin's best transit system reached end of line," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for ferry

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

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22 Apr 2021

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“Ferry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferry. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce ferry (audio) \
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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