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v. fer·ried, fer·ry·ing, fer·ries
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.
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
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.]
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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
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References in classic literature ?
"Ogg the son of Beorl," says my private hagiographer, "was a boatman who gained a scanty living by ferrying passengers across the river Floss.
A Canter ferrying Taifa Unga maize flour on Tuesday failed to climb up hill on the Likoni mainland ramp and instead slipped into the Indian Ocean.
Municipalities granted exclusive ferrying rights to specific companies.