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1A boat or ship for conveying passengers and goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service.
passenger boat, passenger ship, ferry boat, packet boat, packet, shuttlecar ferry, train ferry, drive-on ferry, roll-off ferry, roll-on ferryship, boat, vesselponttraghettoView synonyms
- ‘The driver pointed a white-gloved hand in the direction of a small ferry boat waiting at the pier, its engine idling.’
- ‘They had taken a ferry boat tour around the bay, and Grandma Evelyn had been scared to death that Helen would topple over the rail.’
- ‘The sun was scorching; we were watching the ferry boat leaving the harbour.’
- ‘A ferry boat dropped us at a wooden quay to be met by a waiter bearing rum punch.’
- ‘Until then, each river city worth its salt had a ferry boat joining both shores.’
- ‘The completed road will connect the town of Metlakatla with a ferry boat dock to be built on the northeast side of the island.’
- ‘From luxury yachts to tug boats, fishing vessels to ferries and cruise ships, Asenav competes on a global level.’
- ‘Kunisada was born near Edo (today Tokyo) as the son of an affluent merchant with a ferry boat license.’
- ‘Macao, which returned to Chinese rule in December 1999, is geographically connected to mainland China by a narrow isthmus and only a short jetfoil or ferry boat ride away from Hong Kong.’
- ‘The SkyLab factory is based in Koh Si Chang, that small island 40 minutes by ferry boat from the Eastern Seaboard's Sriracha port.’
- ‘I have seen him on a ferry boat on the Hudson River joke with the Italian bootblacks in the Neapolitan dialect and with complete success.’
- ‘The captain of the Staten Island ferry boat that crashed last October will avoid prosecution for lying to investigators.’
- ‘Loloata uses a sophisticated little ferry boat to link it to the mainland.’
- ‘In my time, Coronado was connected by ferry boat to San Diego.’
- ‘But if a rider refused a search, the State Patrol informed the captain of the ferry boat, who then refused to let the rider on the boat.’
- ‘Ehlers and her dog were sent to an assistance center run by disaster-relief agencies, to join the family of one of victims and accompany them on a ferry boat ride to Ground Zero.’
- ‘Other ferry boat owners in Ayia Napa said they had seen girls returning from a night on the high seas battered and bruised.’
- ‘The entire population of 500,000 suffered from malaria, and the only functioning hotel in the country was a former Spanish Mediterranean ferry boat moored in the harbour.’
- ‘The legislation will apply to all vessels including ferries, cargo ships and small boats at local and international level.’
- ‘Brendan, a teacher in Saudi Arabia, is the fifth generation of his family to pilot the ferry boat, which has been in the family for over 40 years.’
- 1.1 A service using another mode of transport, especially aircraft, to convey passengers or goods.
- ‘If he did, I could have flown my aircraft on a ferry permit to another island to have it repaired.’
- ‘We are more than happy to provide a quote for you aircraft ferry & delivery needs.’
- ‘The legal terminology for a ferry permit is called a special flight permit.’
1 Convey in a ferry or other ship or boat, especially across a short stretch of water.
transport, convey, carry, bear, ship, run, chauffeur, take, bring, shuttlego back and forth, shuttle, come and go, runView synonyms
- ‘Ambulances came up Twaddell Avenue to ferry the injured away.’
- ‘Whether State's transport lorries ferried them or that they came of their own is not the issue.’
- ‘Some were loaded into a constant stream of helicopters which ferried the injured away.’
- ‘Civilian vehicles helped ambulance crews in ferrying casualties to hospitals.’
- ‘A 1943 Morecambe transport bus ferried passengers from Lancaster to the port adding to the history of the weekend.’
- ‘Restrictions remained in place on the city's main thoroughfare for a couple of hours as gardaí cordoned off the scene and ambulances ferried the injured to hospital.’
- ‘Additional buses will be pressed into service by the Department of Transport to ferry the participants and the visitors to the different locations of the festival.’
- ‘Its aircraft ferry 100 tons of fresh Pacific salmon to Miami each day.’
- ‘It was getting dark and the helicopter ferrying him about the country, had to be back in Dublin before dark.’
- ‘Ambulances that on Friday ferried the injured to hospital, spent yesterday standing by at the funerals to help relatives overcome with grief.’
- ‘An ambulance then ferried the stricken officer away.’
- ‘Rescuers frantically cut through twisted metal to reach survivors, as ambulances and buses ferried the injured to nearby hospitals.’
- ‘He said the government had hired the helicopter for ferrying the Amarnath pilgrims but due to the snag it has been grounded.’
- ‘A sea of black smoke plunged an entire neighbourhood into darkness as the fire continued to rage hours after the afternoon blast, and helicopters and ambulances ferried away the injured.’
- ‘The official line of thinking in Iarnrod Eireann seems to be that the timber will now be ferried by private road transport.’
- ‘Pakistani army helicopters are arriving to ferry some of the injured to hospitals, but locals complain it's not enough.’
- ‘Another team was ferried by helicopter to the village of Lumno to bring tents and other items for 12,000 displaced people, including 500 children.’
- ‘Firefighters had to jack up the bus to allow paramedics underneath to treat him before the air ambulance ferried him to Leeds General Infirmary.’
- ‘Public pressure forced the maquila bosses to provide buses to ferry the girls home safely.’
- ‘A black-robed priest offered what words of consolation and comfort he could to distraught onlookers as more than 20 ambulances ferried the injured to hospitals.’
- 1.1 Transport from one place to another on short or regular trips:‘ambulances ferried the injured to hospital’
Middle English: from Old Norse ferja ferry boat, of Germanic origin and related to fare.
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