ferrying


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fer·ry

 (fĕr′ē)
v. fer·ried, fer·ry·ing, fer·ries
v.tr.
1. Nautical
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.
2.
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.
v.intr.
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
1. Nautical
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- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ferrying - transport by boat or aircraftferrying - transport by boat or aircraft  
shipping, transport, transportation - the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
References in classic literature ?
The husband and lover could not well do otherwise, and they were fain to become deeply interested, it is true, but passive spectators of this primitive species of ferrying.
Ogg the son of Beorl," says my private hagiographer, "was a boatman who gained a scanty living by ferrying passengers across the river Floss.
21, 1995--Due to the overwhelming success of recent tests in ferrying fans to Giants games from Tiburon, the Red & White Fleet (RWF) announced plans to provide scheduled ferry service to 3Com Park for 49er home games in Oct.