- (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.
- 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.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- They ferry over this Lethean sound / Both to and fro.
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.
- to row me o'er the ferry
- circa 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.
- French: bac, ferry
- German: Fähre
- Italian: traghetto
- Portuguese: balsa
- Russian: паро́м
- Spanish: ferri, ferry, transbordador