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 OE, akin to German furt from Indo-European p?tu, passage from base an unverified form per-, to transport from source fare, Classical Latin portus, Gothic an unverified form faran
- (born Ford Madox Hueffer) 1873-1939; Eng. writer & editor
- (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.) 1913-2006; 38th president of the U.S. (1974-77)
- 1863-1947; U.S. automobile manufacturer
- 1586-1639?; Eng. dramatist
- (born John Martin Feeney) 1894-1973; U.S. film director
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