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1 United States film maker (1896-1973) [syn: John Ford]
2 grandson of Henry Ford (1917-1987) [syn: Henry Ford II]
3 son of Henry Ford (1893-1943) [syn: Edsel Bryant Ford]
4 English writer and editor (1873-1939) [syn: Ford Madox Ford, Ford Hermann Hueffer]
5 38th President of the United States; appointed Vice President and succeeded Nixon when Nixon resigned (1913-) [syn: Gerald Ford, Gerald R. Ford, Gerald Rudolph Ford, President Ford]
6 United States manufacturer of automobiles who pioneered mass production (1863-1947) [syn: Henry Ford]
7 a shallow area in a stream that can be forded [syn: crossing]
8 the act of crossing a stream or river by wading or in a car or on a horse [syn: fording] v : cross a river where it's shallow

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /fɔːd/, /fO@d/


ford, (cognate with German Furt).


  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.




  1. To cross a stream using a ford.


to cross a stream

Old English


West Germanic *furdu



Extensive Definition

“Ford” redirects here. For the 38th President of the United States see Gerald Ford. For other uses, see Ford (disambiguation).

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

access, aisle, alley, ambulatory, aperture, arcade, artery, avenue, bank, bar, bestride, bypass, channel, cloister, colonnade, communication, conduit, connection, coral reef, corridor, covered way, cross, defile, exit, ferry, flat, gallery, get ahead of, go across, go by, inlet, interchange, intersection, junction, lane, opening, outlet, overpass, overstride, pass, pass by, pass over, passage, passageway, portico, railroad tunnel, reef, sandbank, sandbar, shallow, shallows, shelf, shoal, shoal water, shoot ahead of, step over, straddle, tidal flats, traject, trajet, tunnel, underpass, wetlands
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