ford

noun
\ ˈfȯrd How to pronounce ford (audio) \

Definition of ford

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ford

verb
forded; fording; fords

Definition of ford (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cross (a body of water) by wading

Other Words from ford

Verb

fordable \ ˈfȯr-​də-​bəl How to pronounce ford (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for ford

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of ford in a Sentence

Noun didn't attempt getting the horses across the stream until we had reached the ford
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dozens of motivational quotes tell us that is discomfort is where growth happens—I’ve repeated this platitude to my backpacking clients and friends while scrambling a ridgeline or taking off our hiking boots to ford an ice-cold river. Hannah Singleton, Outside Online, 31 Mar. 2022 The Jeep was compact enough to carry in gliders, could ford rivers with ease, and was extremely reliable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2021 The OvrlandX concept could ford up to 32.1 inches of water. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 28 Aug. 2021 The 4xe comes ready to go off-road with a two-speed transfer case that enables full-time four-wheel drive, solid Dana 44 axles, 10.8 inches of clearance, and the ability to ford up to 30 inches of water. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 23 Dec. 2020 Jeep says there's a total of 13.3 inches of ground clearance and that the 392 can ford 34 inches of water, 4 inches more than a Rubicon. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 25 Sep. 2020 Two died: a 29-year-old Swiss woman who drowned in 2010 trying to ford the Teklanika and a 24-year-old Belarus woman last year who struggled to cross the rain-swollen river after spending two nights at the bus. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2020 It wasn’t expected that a civilian or even standard-police SUV could ford the floods — and the water was rising. Colin Warren-hicks, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2020 Despite the high-voltage battery pack under the rear seat and cargo floor, the 4xe can ford 30 inches of water, the same as conventionally powered Jeeps. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ford

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ford

Noun

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

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“Ford.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ford. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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ford

noun
\ ˈfȯrd How to pronounce ford (audio) \

Kids Definition of ford

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ford

verb
forded; fording

Kids Definition of ford (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cross by wading We had to ford a stream.

Ford biographical name (1)

\ ˈfȯrd How to pronounce Ford (audio) \

Definition of Ford

 (Entry 1 of 5)

Ford Mad*ox \ ˈma-​dəks How to pronounce Ford (audio) \ 1873–1939 originally Ford Hermann Hueffer \ ˈhü-​fər How to pronounce Ford (audio) , ˈ(h)we-​fər \ English author

Ford

biographical name (2)

Definition of Ford (Entry 2 of 5)

Gerald R(udolph) 1913–2006 American politician; vice president of the U.S. (1973–74); 38th president of the U.S. (1974–77)

Ford

biographical name (3)

Definition of Ford (Entry 3 of 5)

Henry 1863–1947 American automobile manufacturer

Ford

biographical name (4)

Definition of Ford (Entry 4 of 5)

John 1586–?1639 English dramatist

Ford

biographical name (5)

Definition of Ford (Entry 5 of 5)

John 1895–1973 originally John Martin Feeney American film director

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