ford

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See also: Ford, FORD, -ford, and förd

English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • foorth (obsolete, [14th century])

Etymology[edit]

From Old English ford, from Proto-Germanic *furduz, from Proto-Indo-European *pértus (crossing). Cognate with English firth, fjord (via Old Norse), German Furt, and more distantly with port (via Latin).

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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.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      He swam the Esk river where ford there was none.
  2. A stream; a current.
    • Spenser
      With water of the ford / Or of the clouds.
    • Dryden
      Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To cross a stream using a ford.

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *furduz (crossing, ford), from Proto-Indo-European *pr̥téw-, the oblique stem of Proto-Indo-European *pértus, from *per- (to ferry, put across). Cognate with Old Saxon ford (ford). More at fare.

Noun[edit]

ford m

  1. ford.
  2. waterway.

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