noun (plural ferries)(also ferryboat)
- 1A boat or ship for conveying passengers and goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service.More example sentences
- I have seen him on a ferry boat on the Hudson River joke with the Italian bootblacks in the Neapolitan dialect and with complete success.
- A ferry boat dropped us at a wooden quay to be met by a waiter bearing rum punch.
- But if a rider refused a search, the State Patrol informed the captain of the ferry boat, who then refused to let the rider on the boat.
- 1.1A service for conveying passengers or goods by boat or ship.More example sentences
- A fast ferry operates in the summer season, travelling between Wellington and Picton in ninety minutes.
- The Senegalese army, which was operating the ferry, said rescue operations would continue around the site and inside the boat.
- He and his brother started by operating a rope-and-pulley ferry at Gorino Sulam, on the Gnocca branch of the river.
- 1.2The place from which a ferry service operates.More example sentences
- Members can meet at the ferry at 10 A. M.
- Unfortunately, you have to be at the ferry by 6:30, so it was still a short night.
- 1.3A service using another mode of transportation to convey passengers and goods, especially aircraft.More example sentences
- If he did, I could have flown my aircraft on a ferry permit to another island to have it repaired.
- We are more than happy to provide a quote for you aircraft ferry & delivery needs.
- The legal terminology for a ferry permit is called a special flight permit.
verb (ferries, ferrying, ferried)[with object] Back to top
- 1Convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water: riverboats ferried weekend picnickers to the parkMore example sentences
- Canoes and rafts ferry imperious ‘water spirits’ to masquerade venues.
- The boats ferry about 30,000 people to and from work everyday.
- Some ideas for the future of the lake already put forward include a water taxi ferrying more visitors around the lake, a cyclepath around its perimeter, and improving public rights-of-way around the shoreline.
- 1.1Transport from one place to another on short or regular trips: helicopters ferried 4,000 men into the desertMore example sentences
- A black-robed priest offered what words of consolation and comfort he could to distraught onlookers as more than 20 ambulances ferried the injured to hospitals.
- Restrictions remained in place on the city's main thoroughfare for a couple of hours as gardaí cordoned off the scene and ambulances ferried the injured to hospital.
- Ambulances that on Friday ferried the injured to hospital, spent yesterday standing by at the funerals to help relatives overcome with grief.
- /ˈferēmən/ (plural ferrymen)More example sentences
- Every table has views over the loch, and the renovated croft and ferryman's cottage is decorated in a light, breezy way that immediately puts you at ease.
- The ferryman steered his craft across the moonlit Nile.
- My grim Mexican ferryman didn't utter a word throughout the crossing.
Middle English: from Old Norse ferja 'ferryboat', of Germanic origin and related to fare.