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ford

[fawrd, fohrd] /fɔrd, foʊrd/
noun
1.
a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cross (a river, stream, etc.) at a ford.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Old Frisian forda, German Furt; akin to Old Norse fjǫrthr, fare, port1
Related forms
fordable, adjective
unfordable, adjective
unforded, adjective
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Examples for fordable
  • Where the river was fordable cow ford a village, eye cross, grew up.
British Dictionary definitions for fordable

ford

/fɔːd/
noun
1.
a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area
Derived Forms
fordable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt ford, Latin porta door, portusport1

Ford

/fɔːd/
noun
1.
Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer. 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade's End (1924–28).
2.
GeraldR(udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
3.
Harrison. born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
4.
Henry. 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
5.
John. 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (1633)
6.
John, real name Sean O'Feeney. 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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Word Origin and History for fordable
ford
O.E. ford, from P.Gmc. *furdhus (cf. O.Fris. forda, O.H.G. furt, Ger. Furt "ford"), from PIE *prtus (cf. L. portus "harbor," originally "entrance, passage;" O.Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd "ford;" O.E. faran "to go;" see port (1)). The verb is attested from 1610s. Related: Forded; fording. The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).
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fordable in the Bible

Mention is frequently made of the fords of the Jordan (Josh. 2:7; Judg. 3:28; 12:5, 6), which must have been very numerous; about fifty perhaps. The most notable was that of Bethabara. Mention is also made of the ford of the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22), and of the fords of Arnon (Isa. 16:2) and of the Euphrates (Jer. 51:32).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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