Definitions for Ferryˈfɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fer•ryˈfɛr i(n.)(pl.)-ries

  1. (n.)a service for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a comparatively small body of water.

    Category: Nautical, Transportation, Navy

  2. a ferryboat.

    Category: Nautical, Transportation, Navy

  3. a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, esp. the delivery of airplanes to an overseas destination.

    Category: Transportation, Aeronautics

  4. the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc.

    Category: Nautical, Transportation, Navy

  5. (v.t.)to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.

    Category: Nautical, Transportation, Navy

  6. to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, esp. for delivery.

    Category: Aeronautics

  7. (v.i.)to go in a ferry.

    Category: Transportation

Origin of ferry:

bef. 1150; ME ferien, OE ferian to carry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ferry, ferryboat(noun)

    a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule

  2. ferry, ferrying(verb)

    transport by boat or aircraft

  3. ferry(verb)

    transport from one place to another

  4. ferry(verb)

    transport by ferry

  5. ferry(verb)

    travel by ferry

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ferry(noun)ˈfɛr i

    a boat for carrying people, goods, and vehicles for short distances

    We took a ferry across the lake.

Wiktionary

  1. ferry(Noun)

    A ship used to transport people, smaller vehicles and goods from one port to another, usually on a regular schedule.

  2. ferry(Noun)

    A place where passengers are transported across water in such a ship.

  3. ferry(Noun)

    The legal right or franchise that entitles a corporate body or an individual to operate such a service.

  4. ferry(Verb)

    To carry; transport; convey.

  5. ferry(Verb)

    To move someone or something from one place to another, usually repeatedly.

    Being a good waiter takes more than the ability to ferry plates of food around a restaurant.

  6. ferry(Verb)

    To carry or transport over a contracted body of water, as a river or strait, in a boat or other floating conveyance plying between opposite shores.

  7. ferry(Verb)

    To pass over water in a boat.

  8. Origin: From ferien, from ferian, from farjanan, from per-. Cognate with dialectal feren, fähren, færge, färja, ferja. Related to fare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferry(verb)

    to carry or transport over a river, strait, or other narrow water, in a boat

  2. Ferry(verb)

    to pass over water in a boat or by a ferry

  3. Ferry(verb)

    a place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat

  4. Ferry(verb)

    a vessel in which passengers and goods are conveyed over narrow waters; a ferryboat; a wherry

  5. Ferry(verb)

    a franchise or right to maintain a vessel for carrying passengers and freight across a river, bay, etc., charging tolls

Freebase

  1. Ferry

    A ferry is a boat or ship used to carry primarily passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water. Most ferries operate on regular, frequent, return services. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi. Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands, allowing direct transit between points at a capital cost much lower than bridges or tunnels. However, ship connections of much larger distances may also be called ferry services, especially if they carry vehicles.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ferry' in Nouns Frequency: #2393

Anagrams of Ferry

  1. fryer, refry

  2. Refry


Translations for Ferry

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ferry(noun)

a boat which ferries people, cars etc from one place to another

We took the cross-channel ferry.

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