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Definitions for ferry
ˈfɛr ifer·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ferry.

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.

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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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for ferry »

  1. fryer, refry

  2. Refry

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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. 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.

  3. Mahdi Babika Mohamed:

    We come from a country in war to another war here in Patras, every day I try to get on the ferry and it's dangerous hiding under the trucks, I could die any minute.

  4. Hagar Chemali:

    I can confirm that OFAC has issued certain specific licenses for passenger ferry service, but we cannot provide additional details as to whom or how many.

  5. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    Starting on January 22, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security will require that non-U.S. individuals entering the United States via land ports of entry or ferry terminals along our Northern and Southern borders be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show related proof of vaccination, these updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy.

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