- 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
Examples from the Web for fordable
Historical Examples of fordable
I have just been ordered to try where the stream is fordable.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
The river is not fordable except in low water, and then in but few places.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
Not a ford was fordable within two days' march of either Emory or Frayne.Warrior Gap
At length the tide was out,—so far, at least, that the stream was fordable.
He knew that this bay, even at its neck, was quite shallow and fordable.The Plant Hunters
- 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)
Word Origin and History for fordable
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.