A man at a ford in a stream.
- The definition of a ford is a shallow area of a river where it's easier to cross.
An example of a ford is where you can see the bottom of a river.
- To ford is defined as to cross a river at a shallow place.
An example of ford is when cattle are taken across the stream to get to the other side.
Origin of fordMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German furt ; from Indo-European pṛtu, passage ; from base an unverified form per-, to transport from source fare, Classical Latin portus, Gothic an unverified form faran
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transitive verbford·ed, ford·ing, fords
Origin of fordMiddle English, from Old English; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fords, present participle fording, simple past and past participle forded)
- To cross a stream using a ford.
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).
- Suffix indicating a place on a river suitable for crossing or fording.
From Old English ford