What does ferry mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term ferry:

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


  1. Ferry(v. t.)

    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.

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


  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

  6. Origin: [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.

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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


  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

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