The Arkansas, we found, was here already a very considerable stream, but we forded it without difficulty.
At night they encamped upon the banks of a river too deep to be forded.
As Carley forded it fresh cool drops splashed into her face.
Under fire, it had forded the Tulijan, shoulder-deep to the shorter men.
The Indus will have been forded at the usual place where, until the last one of 932 AH.
The Indians had forded the stream about the time the prairie was set on fire.
There was no bridge, and it was plain that the stream had to be forded.
Another river, the Asif-el-Mel, had to be forded on the same day.
Some of the western rivers had to be forded, and many times she nearly lost her life.
On the 28th, we forded the southern arm of the river Platte.
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.