- 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 fordingtraverse, cover, cross, extend, connect, bathe, trek, splash, stumble, paddle, span, navigate, sail, ply, cruise, bridge, reach, range, link, vault
Examples from the Web for fording
Contemporary Examples of fording
The MPC was supposed to be a simple river-crosser—either by fording of swimming.Why Old-School Airships Now Rule Our Warzones
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of fording
The recent rains have raised the river above the fording mark.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
Fording a river was usually tiresome, and sometimes dangerous.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
Why, above all, had he come down to Fording to have his suspicions confirmed?
His stately house of Fording could be seen on a clear day from the minster tower.
The new lord had come back to Fording full of splendid purpose.
- 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.