- a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water.
- a ferryboat.
- 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.
Origin of ferry
Related Wordsbarge, ferryboat, tote, send, shuttle, lug, carry, ship, transport, chauffeur, packet, buck, run, bear, convey, pack, schlepp
Examples from the Web for ferry
And earlier that day, the 43-year-old had earned the précis, breaking up a skirmish by the Staten Island Ferry.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
There was no trouble on the ferry as it reached Manhattan and a few of the passengers boarded the subway to the protest uptown.
As a precaution against a possible disturbance, the ferry was escorted by a police boat, its blue lights flashing.
Marine One will ferry him to JFK Airport, where Air Force One awaits.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job
October 2, 2014
For a more scenic journey, travel by ferry from Whittier or Valdez.America’s Best Summer Food Festivals
July 5, 2014
Not until five o'clock had he by turns urged and fought himself to the ferry.
He crossed the ferry and went to the hotel, where he shaved and freshened himself.
Then he told how he had met Mr Clennam at the ferry, and they had come over together.Little Dorrit
Quinn was fearless, daring, indefatigable; but Quinn was not Ferry.
Then Ferry called "Fours from the right, to march to the left--march!"
- 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
Word Origin and History for ferry
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.
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.).