ford

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See also: Ford, förd, forð, ford., and forð-

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • foorth (obsolete, [14th century])

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ford, from Old English ford, from Proto-Germanic *furduz, from Proto-Indo-European *pértus (crossing). Cognate with firth and fjord (via Old Norse), Low German Föörd, Dutch voord, German Furt, Norwegian and Danish fjord, and more distantly with English port (via Latin). See also forth.

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Noun[edit]

ford (plural fords)

  1. A location where a stream is shallow and the bottom has good footing, making it possible to cross from one side to the other with no bridge, by walking, riding, or driving through the water; a crossing.
  2. A stream; a current.

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Verb[edit]

ford (third-person singular simple present fords, present participle fording, simple past and past participle forded)

A woman fording a river in Uganda (1)
  1. To cross a stream using a ford.
    • 1903, Mary Hunter Austin, The Land of Little Rain, Houghton Mifflin, pp. 31-2, [1]
      Since the time of Seyavi the deer have shifted their feeding ground across the valley at the beginning of deep snows, by way of the Black Rock, fording the river at Charley's Butte, and making straight for the mouth of the cañon that is the easiest going to the winter pastures on Waban.
    • 1982, Nadine Gordimer, "A Hunting Accident" in A Soldier's Embrace, Penguin, p. 59,
      Ratau drove with reckless authority through the quiet morning fires of his father's and forefathers' town and forded a river of goats on the road leading out of it.
    • 2016, Bruce McClure and Deborah Byrd, "EarthSky's meteor shower guide for 2016" in earthsky.org, [2]
      Some who witnessed the 1966 Leonid meteor storm said they felt as if they needed to grip the ground, so strong was the impression of Earth plowing along through space, fording the meteoroid stream.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *furduz (ford). Cognate with Old Frisian ford, Old Saxon ford, Old Dutch ford, Old High German furt.

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ford m

  1. ford

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: ford, furd, foord

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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ford

  1. Soft mutation of bord.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
bord ford mord unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.