American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A boat used to ferry passengers, vehicles, or goods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel or boat moved by steam, sails, oars or sweeps, a towline, or the force of a current, used to convey passengers, vehicles, cattle, etc., across a river, harbor, or other contracted waterway between opposite shores.
- n. nautical A boat used to ferry passengers, vehicles, or goods across open water, especially one that runs to a regular schedule
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A vessel for conveying passengers, merchandise, etc., usually across streams, rivers, bays, and other narrow waters.
- n. a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule
- ferry + boat (Wiktionary)
“The ferryboat is a round-bottomed, wobbly sampan, with a tiny cabin in the stern.”
“Hellespont in a kind of ferryboat, he met Pompey's fleet sailing with”
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“But these places are not dirtier than a railway smoking-car; and there is no more coarseness than in any ferryboat which is, for whatever reason, used by men only.”
“To get there, you take the first ferryboat from St. Andrews to Grand Manan, and have to complete the 100k ride in time to catch the last ferry back.”
“After the satisfaction of his nights, a morning's sleep, and a breakfast of Lee Sing's, James Ward crossed the bay to San Francisco on a midday ferryboat and went to the club and on to his office, as normal and conventional a man of business as could be found in the city.”
“In his day job, Smith was part of the crew that helped tow US Airways flight 1549 along the Hudson River to Battery Park City in January 2009, after pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed the plane in the water and ferryboat operators hauled off all 155 people on board.”
“Of course I'm scared," one ferryboat worker told the New York Times, "because Norway is such a neutral country.”
“He dressed in civilian clothes, pretended to be a unemployed school teacher, and he got behind British lines by booking passage on a civilian commercial ferryboat carrying passengers across Long Island Sound from rebel held Connecticut to British held Long Island.”
“The local fishermen's ferryboat €5 return to the island took us past vast saltpans dotted with picturesque red-roofed windmills, used to pump seawater.”
“They passed a ferryboat, and the passengers on the upper deck crowded to one side to watch them.”
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