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FER'RY, verb transitive [Latin fero; allied to bear.]

To carry or transport over a river, strait or other water, in a boat. We ferry men, horses, carriages, over rivers, for a moderate fee or price called fare or ferriage.

FER'RY, verb intransitive To pass over water in a boat.

FER'RY, noun

1. A boat or small vessel in which passengers and goods are conveyed over rivers or other narrow waters; sometimes called a wherry. This application of the word is, I believe, entirely obsolete, at least in America.

2. The place or passage where boats pass over water to convey passengers.

3. The right of transporting passengers over a lake or stream. adjective B. owns the ferry at Windsor. [In New England, this word is used in the two latter senses.]