noun, plural fer·ries.
verb (used with object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
verb (used without object), fer·ried, fer·ry·ing.
- ferruginous duck,
- ferry bridge,
Origin of ferry
Examples from the Web for ferries
The ferries run every half-hour to the Russian mainland, but they take only a few dozen cars on each trip.
I don't mean yachts or ferries, but proper working ships: cargo and container and bulk and gas and oil, the ones we no longer see.How Does All Your Stuff Get to You? Inside the Shipping Industry|Rose George|August 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But a new service that ferries passengers from Boston to Cape Cod has been a success – without huge government subsidies.CapeFlyer Train From Boston to Cape Cod Is Overnight Success|Kelsey Meany|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One evening, 29-year-old Mahmoud explained to me that he ferries money, not guns, to the Syrian people.Are Foreign Jihadists Gaining Influence Inside the Syrian Rebel Forces?|Anna Therese Day|October 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was the duty of the court to order and direct the boats and hands in use at the ferries.Some Notes on Shipbuilding and Shipping in Colonial Virginia|Cerinda W. Evans
Danish enterprise overcomes the difficulties of transport through a kingdom of islands by these ferries.Denmark|M. Pearson Thomson
Then the raft comes of itself to where the man is standing, and ferries him over.Myths and Legends of British North America|Katharine Berry Judson
All morning long, ferries, trolleys, trains were jammed with the race-mad throng.Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
He was very democratic in his taste, and loved to mingle with the crowds on the ferries and omnibuses.Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four.|William H. Elson
noun plural -ries
- such a service
- (in combination)a ferryman
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
Word Origin for ferry
early 15c., "a passage over a river," from Old Norse ferju- "passage across water," ultimately from the same Germanic root as ferry (v.). The modern noun (1580s) is a shortening of ferry boat (mid-15c.).
Old English ferian "to carry, convey, bring, transport," from Proto-Germanic *farjanan (cf. Old Frisian feria "carry, transport," Old Norse ferja "to pass over, to ferry," Gothic farjan "travel by boat"), from PIE *per- "going, passage." Related to fare (v.). Related: Ferried; ferries; ferrying.