noun, plural ferries.
a commercial service with terminals and boats for transporting persons, automobiles, etc., across a river or other comparatively small body of water.
a ferryboat.
a service for flying airplanes over a particular route, especially the delivery of airplanes to an overseas purchaser or base of operations.
the legal right to ferry passengers, cargo, etc., and to charge for the service.
verb (used with object), ferried, ferrying.
to carry or convey back and forth over a fixed route in a boat or plane.
to fly (an airplane) over a particular route, especially for delivery.
verb (used without object), ferried, ferrying.
to go in a ferry.

before 1150; Middle English ferien, Old English ferian to carry; cognate with Old Norse ferja, Gothic farjan; akin to fare

unferried, adjective
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ferry (ˈfɛrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  Also called: ferryboat a vessel for transporting passengers and usually vehicles across a body of water, esp as a regular service
2.  a.  such a service
 b.  (in combination): a ferryman
3.  a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat
4.  the act or method of delivering aircraft by flying them to their destination
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
5.  to transport or go by ferry
6.  to deliver (an aircraft) by flying it to its destination
7.  (tr) to convey (passengers, goods, etc): the guests were ferried to the church in taxis
[Old English ferian to carry, bring; related to Old Norse ferja to transport, Gothic farjan; see fare]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ferian "to carry, transport," from P.Gmc. *farjanan, from PIE *por- "going, passage." Related to fare (v.). Related: Ferried; ferries. The noun is early 15c., perhaps earlier and from O.N. ferju- "passage across water," ultimately from the same Germanic root. The modern
noun use (1580s) is a shortening of ferry boat (mid-15c.).
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Example sentences
Cab drivers ripped out seats to ferry victims from the scene.
Ferry service cuts back to three boats a week, weather permitting.
The ferry is now run jointly by local governments, and it's free.
The strategy would rely on private aerospace companies to ferry crew and
  supplies into space.
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