- a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.
- to cross (a river, stream, etc.) at a ford.
Origin of ford
- Elizabeth BloomerBetty, 1918–2011, U.S. First Lady 1974–77 (wife of Gerald R. Ford).
- Ford Mad·ox [mad-uh ks] /ˈmæd əks/, Ford Madox Hueffer, 1873–1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor.
- Gerald R(udolph, Jr.)Leslie Lynch King, Jr., 1913–2006, U.S. political leader: congressman 1948–73; vice president 1973–74; 38th president of the U.S. 1974–77.
- Guy Stanton,1873–1963, U.S. historian, educator, and editor.
- Henry,1863–1947, U.S. automobile manufacturer.
- John,1586?–c1640, English playwright.
- JohnSean O'Feeney, 1895–1973, U.S. film director.
- a male given name.
Related Words for fordtraverse, cover, cross, extend, connect, bathe, trek, splash, stumble, paddle, span, navigate, sail, ply, cruise, bridge, reach, range, link, vault
Examples from the Web for ford
Contemporary Examples of ford
The first day of Liberty, I was hanging around waiting for Ford to come in.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Ford Madox Ford raged against English novelists from Henry Fielding to George Meredith.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Byrd was a 49-year-old black man walking home from a party when three white men in a Ford pickup offered him a ride.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs
November 17, 2014
Ford, now with the Middle East Institute, says that in some ways the strikes have “undermined the moderates.”Is Obama Done Playing Footsie With Assad?
November 17, 2014
The summit is sponsored by Credit Suisse, the Ford Foundation, and the Investigation Discovery Network.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of ford
And Ford, they are of a south Saxon stock, and of good repute.
"They are very quick in these parts," said Ford, turning to Alleyne.
"I would see him in the claws of the devil first," whispered Ford.
"I think that I can see them yet," said Ford, peering down the moonlit road.
"Nay, there is no ford nearer than Tourville," answered the old archer.
- a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc
- (tr) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area
Word Origin for ford
- Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer . 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade's End (1924–28).
- Gerald R (udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
- Harrison . born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
- Henry . 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
- John . 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633)
- John, real name Sean O'Feeney . 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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.