- 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
Related Words for fordedtraverse, cover, cross, extend, connect, bathe, trek, splash, stumble, paddle, span, navigate, sail, ply, cruise, bridge, reach, range, link, vault
Examples from the Web for forded
Historical Examples of forded
Rivers and streams that entered the main river he forded or swam.White Fang
Below the cataract, when the tide ebbed, was a place which might be forded.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
The shallow streams he has forded, the deep rivers he has swum.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
At night they encamped upon the banks of a river too deep to be forded.
On the 9th of August we forded the Rapidan in search of the enemy.Reminiscences of a Rebel
Wayland Fuller Dunaway
- 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.