From Middle English ferien (“to carry, convey, convey in a boat”), from Old English ferian (“to carry, convey, bear, bring, lead, conduct, betake oneself to, be versed in, depart, go”), from Proto-West Germanic *farjan, from Proto-Germanic *farjaną (“to make or let go, transfer, ferry”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to bring or carry over, transfer, pass through”).
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹi/
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹɪ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛɹi
- Hyphenation: fer‧ry
- (transitive) To carry; transport; convey.
- Trucks plowed through the water to ferry flood victims to safety.
- 2007, Rick Bass, The Lives of Rocks:
- We ferried our stock in U-Haul trailers, and across the months, as we purchased more cowflesh from the Goat Man — meat vanishing into the ether again and again, as if into some quarkish void — we became familiar enough with Sloat and his daughter to learn that her name was Flozelle, and to visit with them about matters other than stock.
- (transitive) To move someone or something from one place to another, usually repeatedly.
- 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
- A “moving platform” scheme […] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays. […] This would also let high-speed trains skirt cities as moving platforms ferry passengers to and from the city centre.
- Being a good waiter takes more than the ability to ferry plates of food around a restaurant.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To pass over water in a boat or by ferry.
ferry (plural ferries)
- A ship used to transport people, smaller vehicles and goods from one port to another, usually on a regular schedule.
- A place where passengers are transported across water in such a ship.
- 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica; a Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Vnlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England, London: [s.n.], OCLC 879551664:
- It can pass the ferry backward into light.
- 1809, Thomas Campbell, Lord Ullin's Daughter
- to row us o'er the ferry
- c. 1900, O. Henry, The Ferry of Unfulfilment:
- She walked into the waiting-room of the ferry, and up the stairs, and by a marvellous swift, little run, caught the ferry-boat that was just going out.
- The legal right or franchise that entitles a corporate body or an individual to operate such a service.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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