Definition of Ferry

1. Noun. A boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule.

Exact synonyms: Ferryboat
Generic synonyms: Boat
Specialized synonyms: Car-ferry

2. Verb. Transport from one place to another.
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Bring, Convey, Take

3. Noun. Transport by boat or aircraft.
Exact synonyms: Ferrying
Generic synonyms: Shipping, Transport, Transportation

4. Verb. Transport by ferry.
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Transport
Derivative terms: Ferrying

5. Verb. Travel by ferry.
Category relationships: Navigation, Pilotage, Piloting
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

Definition of Ferry

1. v. t. To carry or transport over a river, strait, or other narrow water, in a boat.

2. v. i. To pass over water in a boat or by a ferry.

3. n. A place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat.

Definition of Ferry

1. Noun. A ship used to transport people, smaller vehicles and goods from one port to another, usually on a regular schedule. ¹

2. Noun. A place where passengers are transported across water in such a ship. ¹

3. Noun. The legal right or franchise that entitles a corporate body or an individual to operate such a service. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To carry; transport; convey. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To move someone or something from one place to another, usually repeatedly. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To carry or transport over a contracted body of water, as a river or strait, in a boat or other floating conveyance plying between opposite shores. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To pass over water in a boat. ¹

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Definition of Ferry

1. to transport by ferry (a type of boat) [v -RIED, -RYING, -RIES]

Medical Definition of Ferry

1. Erwin S., U.S. Physicist, 1868-1956. See: Ferry-Porter law. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ferry

ferruginous hawk
ferruginous hawks
ferry (current term)
ferry boat
ferry boats

Literary usage of Ferry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"the rates of ferriage at every such ferry shall be according to the laws thereto, ... But If any such ferry, or any ferry that may be hereafter established, ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer and by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Roger Meeson, William Newland Welsby, John Innes Clark Hare, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber, Horace Binney Wallace (1849)
"A declaration in case for the infringement of a ferry, described the ferry as being across the river Mersey, " from the township, VOL. xvi. parish, ..."

3. Adventure Guide to the Alaska Highway by Ed Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"No trip to Alaska is complete without a ride on the ferry. ... ferry Technicalities First, for all would-be animal watchers, directions for animal viewing ..."

4. Collections by CT Historical Society (1905)
"As a matter of local record the following action of the General Assembly of New Hampshire in 1766 relative to Goffe's ferry is inserted here.—ED. ..."

5. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"In affirmance of the rate, it was urged that a ferry was'real property: an incorporeal hereditament within the parish : local in its very nature, ..."

6. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1914)
"Grégoire, supra, the plaintiff's license for a ferry across the Mississippi river from .Dubuque, Iowa, was held, under the terms • of the grant, ..."

7. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, John Melville Gould, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1901)
"Furry, 1 Yeates, 167, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the owner of a ferry over a navigable stream had no right to land or ..."

8. The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States by Horace Greeley (1866)
"It is apprehended that th affair at Harper's ferry is more serious than our citizens ... The wires from Harper's ferry are cut, and consequently we have no ..."

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