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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
First recorded in 1400-50, ferryboat is from the late Middle English word feryboot. See ferry, boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He ran about whimpering, then took the ferryboat across to the other side, and searched everywhere for Robin.

    Wild Animals I Have Known Ernest Thompson Seton
  • On the ferryboat, as they crossed to Hoboken, he was more sociable.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The wind increased in violence, and quite high waves rocked the ferryboat.

    The Motor Boys in Mexico Clarence Young
  • He reached the water's edge, and hailed the ferryboat, which was then on the other side of the river.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • It was not until they were on the ferryboat crossing the river that Harry was aware that Lawrence and Dan were of the number.

  • Alix and Peter watched the others at the railing until the ferryboat turned.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Women and children became hysterical, fearful that the ferryboat would become a flaming torch.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • Then they passed through the narrow gateway upon the ferryboat.

    The Campers Out Edward S. Ellis
  • The cannon, a six-pounder, had been brought over on the ferryboat in the night and was now in the Texan camp.

    The Texan Star Joseph A. Altsheler
  • At first Captain Hewitt didn't want to take the ferryboat out.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler

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