v. fer·ried, fer·ry·ing, fer·ries
a. To transport (people, vehicles, or goods) by boat across a body of water such as a river or bay.
b. To cross (a body of water) by a ferry.
a. To deliver (a vehicle, especially an aircraft) under its own power to its eventual user.
b. To transport (people or goods) by vehicle, especially by aircraft.
1. To cross a body of water on or as if on a ferry.
2. To move laterally in a fast-moving river, as in a canoe, by keeping one's boat at an angle to the direction of flow and paddling or rowing against the current.
n. pl. fer·ries
a. A ferryboat.
b. A place where passengers or goods are transported across a body of water, such as a river or bay, by a ferryboat.
2. A franchise or legal right to operate a ferrying service for a fee.
3. A service and route for delivering an aircraft under its own power to its eventual user.
[Middle English ferien, from Old English ferian; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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