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- foorth (obsolete, [14th century])
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔːd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɔɹd/
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- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹd/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /foəd/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d
ford (plural fords)
- 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.
- 1808 February 22, Walter Scott, “(please specify the introduction or canto number, or chapter name)”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: […] J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, →OCLC:
- He swam the Esk river where ford there was none.
- A stream; a current.
- To cross a stream using a ford.
- 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
- He named that place, for it was near her dwelling, and on the road between Balerynie and Heriotside, which fords the Sker Burn.
- 1903, Mary Hunter Austin, The Land of Little Rain, Houghton Mifflin, pages 31–2:
- 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, page 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, 
- 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.
to cross a stream
Declension of ford (strong u-stem)
Declension of ford (strong a-stem)
- Middle English: ford, furd, foord
- ⇒ English: Chelmsford (from a contraction of Ċēolmǣres + ford)
- → Proto-Brythonic: *forð (“road”) (see there for further descendants)
- Soft mutation of .
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|