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.
ferryboat n. A vessel for conveying passengers, merchandise, etc., across streams and other narrow waters.
ferryboat n. boat used to convey passengers or cargo across a small body of water