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ford

noun \ ˈfȯrd \
|Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of ford

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

Examples of ford in a Sentence

  1. didn't attempt getting the horses across the stream until we had reached the ford

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Origin and Etymology of ford

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

ford Synonyms

Synonyms

shallow(s), shoal;

Near Antonyms

trench;

abyss, deep, depth, gulf;

Related Words

bank, bar, sandbank, sandbar, towhead;


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ford

verb

Definition of ford

forded; fording; fords
: to cross (a body of water) by wading

fordable

play \ˈfȯr-də-bəl\ adjective

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First Known Use of ford

1614

in the meaning defined above

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Ford

biographical name \ ˈfȯrd \

Definition of Ford

Ford Mad*ox play \ˈma-dəks\ 1873–1939 originally Ford Hermann Hueffer play \ˈhü-fər;ˈhwe-fər, ˈwe-\ English author

Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

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

Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

Henry 1863–1947 American automobile manufacturer

Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

John 1586–?1639 English dramatist

Ford

biographical name

Definition of Ford

John 1895–1973 originally John Martin Feeney American film director

FORD Defined for English Language Learners

ford

Definition of ford for English Language Learners

  • : a shallow part of a river, stream, etc., that may be crossed by walking or driving across it


ford

Definition of ford for English Language Learners

  • : to cross (an area of water) by walking or riding across a shallow part


FORD Defined for Kids

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ford

noun \ ˈfȯrd \

Definition of ford for Students

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

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ford

verb

Definition of ford for Students

forded; fording
: to cross by wading
  • We had to ford a stream.


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