The MPC was supposed to be a simple river-crosser—either by fording of swimming.
At our fording place near the Saline, it is about sixty yards wide, with clear water and pebbly shores, like those of the Neosho.
But they were not making for the fording place by which they had previously crossed the creek.
It was a long, pleasant ride; its only drawback to me being the fording of the river, which had quicksands and a rapid current.
fording a river was usually tiresome, and sometimes dangerous.
These little rushing mountain streams were much swollen and too deep for any kind of fording.
His stately house of fording could be seen on a clear day from the minster tower.
This brought us to Lick Creek, which proved too much swollen for fording.
Why, above all, had he come down to fording to have his suspicions confirmed?
There had been no fording for six weeks, nor would there be again until late summer.
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).