What does Ferry mean?

Definitions for Ferry
ˈfɛr ifer·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ferry, ferryboatnoun

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

  2. ferry, ferryingverb

    transport by boat or aircraft

  3. ferryverb

    transport from one place to another

  4. ferryverb

    transport by ferry

  5. ferryverb

    travel by ferry


  1. Ferryverb

    To convey back and forth regularly between two points in a vehicle; as, part of her day was spent ferrying the kids to and from school.


  1. ferrynoun

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

  2. ferrynoun

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

  3. ferrynoun

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

  4. ferryverb

    To carry; transport; convey.

  5. ferryverb

    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. ferryverb

    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. ferryverb

    To pass over water in a boat.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ferrynoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    By this time was the worthy Guyon brought
    Unto the other side of that wide strand,
    Where she was rowing, and for passage sought:
    Him needed not long call, she soon to hand
    Her ferry brought. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 6.

    There went a ferryboat to carry over the king’s houshold. 2 Sa. xix. 18.

    Bring them with imagin’d speed
    Unto the Traject, to the common ferry
    Which trades to Venice. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    I went down to the river Brent in the ordinary ferry. Addis.

  2. To FERRYverb

    To carry over in a boat.

    Etymology: faran, to pass, Saxon; fahr, German, a passage. Stephen Skinner imagines that this whole family of words may be deduced from the Latin veho.

    Cymocles heard and saw,
    He loudly call’d to such as were aboard,
    The little bark unto the shore to draw,
    And him to ferry over that deep ford. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

  3. To Ferryverb

    To pass over water in a vessel of carriage.

    Thence hurried back to fire,
    They ferry over this Lethæan sound
    Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment. John Milton, Par. Lost.


  1. Ferry

    A ferry is a ship, watercraft or amphibious vehicle used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo, across a body of water. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, Italy, 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. Ship connections of much larger distances (such as over long distances in water bodies like the Mediterranean Sea) may also be called ferry services, and many carry vehicles.


  1. ferry

    A ferry is a type of boat or ship that is designed to transport passengers, vehicles, or goods across bodies of water, such as rivers, bays, or between islands which are too wide to construct a bridge. Ferries are an essential form of transportation in many parts of the world, and are often equipped with accommodations and amenities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferryverb

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

  2. Ferryverb

    to pass over water in a boat or by a ferry

  3. Ferryverb

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

  4. Ferryverb

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

  5. Ferryverb

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

  6. Etymology: [OE. ferien to convey, AS. ferian, from faran to go; akin to Icel. ferja to ferry, Goth. farjan to sail. See Fare.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ferry

    fer′i, v.t. to carry or convey over a water in a boat:—pr.p. ferr′ying; pa.p. ferr′ied.n. a place where one is carried by boat across a water: the right of conveying passengers: the ferry-boat.—ns. Ferr′iage, provision for ferrying: the fare paid for such; Ferr′y-boat; Ferr′y-man. [A.S. ferian, to convey, faran, to go; Ger. fähre, a ferry—fahren, to go, to carry.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ferry

    A passage across a river or branch of the sea by boat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ferry

    A water conveyance made use of to cross a river, or branch of the sea.

Editors Contribution

  1. ferry

    A type of vehicle and form of transport.

    The ferry is always on time and a very efficient form of transport.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FERRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ferry is ranked #3467 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ferry surname appeared 10,312 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Ferry.

    91.9% or 9,482 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 336 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 225 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 163 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 70 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 36 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for Ferry »

  1. fryer

  2. refry

  3. freyr

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ferry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ferry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Ferry in a Sentence

  1. Leonidas Constantinidis:

    Where I was I did not hear any siren, any alarm. Nothing seemed to work, the fire sprinklers, the fire extinguishers, nothing was working, they let the ferry go up in flames with all the people still onboard.

  2. Jewel Mia:

    We don't have a clear picture about how many were exactly on the ferry when it sank, but I think many have survived.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We are incredibly proud to host the finest women's professional golfers in the world at Trump Ferry Point, Trump Ferry Point, a big thank you to the City of New York and to the Parks Department for their support and approval.

  4. Loren Davis:

    The people who occupied the Cooper's Ferry site pursued a hunting and gathering lifeway most likely as small groups of people, likely fewer than 25 people in a group, who made multiple movements each year to access key resources as they were available.

  5. Emma Campbell:

    I was told I would have to take a ferry, take the pill in the clinic in the morning, then take the other pill and then get the ferry home, what is happening to women in Northern Ireland is inhumane.

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