a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water.
a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, especially the delivery of airplanes to an overseas purchaser or base of operations.
the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc., and to charge for the service.
to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.
to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery.
to go in a ferry.
- un·fer·ried, adjective
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How to use ferry in a sentence
After a security-related shutdown was lifted in September, 4,500 trucks boarded ferries in just 12 hours, he said.France agrees to reopen border after U.K.’s trucking route to Europe paralyzed over mutant virus fears | kdunn6 | December 23, 2020 | Fortune
In addition, about 50% of the food Britons consume—and up to 85% of the fresh fruit and vegetables the country eats—come from the EU, much of it shipped by trucks which cross the English Channel on ferries or the Eurotunnel train from France.The U.K. is facing a Christmas food crisis, as France closes border to trucks over mutant COVID-19 strain | Jeremy Kahn | December 21, 2020 | Fortune
Boston is proposing to eliminate ferry service and shorten hours of operation on its rail system.Transit system service cuts proposed in Congress’s backyard elicit calls for more funding | Justin George, Lori Aratani, Meagan Flynn | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
You must take a ferry to get to this beautiful coastal town where bicycles are the primary mode of transportation.Fire Island Pines: One Of America’s First LGBTQ Coastal Towns | LGBTQ-Editor | November 18, 2020 | No Straight News
In Seattle, I’d ride ferries to Puget Sound islands on weekends.
She had ferried more than McConville to secret graves, and the burden of what she had done took its toll.Sinn Fein Boss Gerry Adams Wanted This Murder Bust | Ed Moloney | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unlike other students, however, he was ferried to the train station in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover.Prince William Races Home From Cambridge To Be By Kate's Side on Her Birthday | Tom Sykes | January 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That protective security bubble that has kept watch over you night and day and ferried you from city to city will be punctured.What It Feels Like to Lose a Presidential Election | David Freedlander | November 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many spent Wednesday being ferried between area hospitals and morgues in search of their children.
Police collected torn limbs from the blast site, and medics ferried mangled bodies to overcrowded hospitals.
My orders ought to have been taken before a single unwounded Officer or man was ferried back aboard ship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
With this happening at several such points enough munitions for an Army might be ferried across.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
All night long the fresh divisions of Buell's army were being ferried across the river, and placed in position."Shiloh" as Seen by a Private Soldier | Warren Olney
We were soon ferried over, and were kindly received on the wharf by Captain Ballard and Mr. Glenn.
Jemmy ferried her over the river in a boat belonging to the tanner, and promised to fetch her in the evening.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events | S. Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for ferry
Also called: ferryboat a vessel for transporting passengers and usually vehicles across a body of water, esp as a regular service
such a service
(in combination): a ferryman
a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
the act or method of delivering aircraft by flying them to their destination
to transport or go by ferry
to deliver (an aircraft) by flying it to its destination
(tr) to convey (passengers, goods, etc): the guests were ferried to the church in taxis
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