The only obstacle between us and Mankato was the Big Cottonwood river, which was fordable.
The next day my mate said that the river was fordable, and he would cross.
We could not find any fordable place, except the one by which we crossed, and it was deep in several places.
Not a ford was fordable within two days' march of either Emory or Frayne.
Between the landing place and the city were several sugar works, and about midway a beautiful river, but fordable.
The river was not fordable, and canoe or ferry-boat there was none.
The river is of moderate size, fordable in most places, but still well supplied with wooden bridges.
The advance-guard was bidden to stop wherever the river should be fordable.
They told us it would not be fordable for several days; it being now six feet higher than usual, and rising.
It was just fordable for half-way over; after that it had to be swum.
Old English ford "shallow place where water can be crossed," from Proto-Germanic *furdhus (cf. Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt, German Furt "ford"), from PIE *prtu- "a going, a passage" (cf. Latin portus "harbor," originally "entrance, passage;" Old Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd "ford;" Old English faran "to go;" see port (n.1)). The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).
1610s, from ford (n.). Related: Forded; fording.
Mention is frequently made of the fords of the Jordan (Josh. 2:7; Judg. 3:28; 12:5, 6), which must have been very numerous; about fifty perhaps. The most notable was that of Bethabara. Mention is also made of the ford of the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22), and of the fords of Arnon (Isa. 16:2) and of the Euphrates (Jer. 51:32).