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[fer-ee-boht] /ˈfɛr iˌboʊt/
a boat used to transport passengers, vehicles, etc., across a river or the like.
Origin of ferryboat
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English feryboot. See ferry, boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For instance, the autumn rains swelling the river necessitate the use of a ferry boat for about two months of the year.

  • At the time he managed the ferry boat from Hessle to Barton.

    The Hero of the Humber Henry Woodcock
  • They reported the rebel loss very severe, and the captain of the ferry boat confirmed their statements.

    Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
  • "Even if I don't know when I'm on a ferry boat," added Roy with a laugh.

    The Boy from the Ranch Frank V. Webster
  • It trotted off presently, in angling gait like a ferry boat making a crossing against an outrunning tide.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • A minute later they were in the ferry boat and off to Dartmouth.

    The Torch and Other Tales Eden Phillpotts
  • So a little of the luggage was collected, to follow them the next day, and they left the fine, new mail ship for the ferry boat.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • We thought of crossing to them immediately, by the help of a ferry boat, but our Hindu friends and the boat-men interposed.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • I remember sailing about as proud as Punch in an old Itchen ferry boat, with ragged sails and tarred topsides.

ferry boat in the Bible

(2 Sam. 19:18), some kind of boat for crossing the river which the men of Judah placed at the service of the king. Floats or rafts for this purpose were in use from remote times (Isa. 18:2).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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