Ferry en


Ferry meaning

A ferry (or ferryboat) is a boat or ship (a merchant vessel) used to carry (or ferry) primarily passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water. Most ferries operate on regular, frequent, return services. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, Italy, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi.


  1. (v. i.) To pass over water in a boat or by a ferry.
  2. (v. t.) A vessel in which passengers and goods are conveyed over narrow waters; a ferryboat; a wherry.
  3. (v. t.) A place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat.
  4. (v. t.) To carry or transport over a river, strait, or other narrow water, in a boat.
  5. (v. t.) A franchise or right to maintain a vessel for carrying passengers and freight across a river, bay, etc., charging tolls.
Word: fer·ry
Pronunciation of ferry: 'fer-E
Function of ferry: verb
Other forms of ferry: fer·ried; fer·ry·ing
Origin of ferry: Middle English ferien, from Old English ferian to carry, convey; akin to Old English faran to go -- more at FARE
transitive senses
1 a : to carry by boat over a body of water b : to cross by a ferry
2 a : to convey (as by aircraft or motor vehicle) from one place to another : TRANSPORT b : to fly (an airplane) from the factory or other shipping point to a designated delivery point or from one base to another
intransitive senses : to cross water in a boat

Synonyms of ferry

Ferryboat, Ferrying,