When you’re out hiking in the wilderness, you may have to ford a river if there’s no bridge. Roll up your pant legs because you'll have to wade through the water at a shallow point.

The verb ford describes crossing a body of water on foot at a shallow point or driving across it in a vehicle. The idea is that you’re not using a bridge or a boat to cross the water. Ford also has a noun form, meaning a shallow point in a river or stream. So if you ever have to ford a river, make sure you cross at the ford — the shallow point — or you could get very wet.

Definitions of ford
  1. verb
    cross a river where it's shallow
  2. noun
    a shallow area in a stream that can be forded
    synonyms: crossing
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    type of:
    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  3. noun
    the act of crossing a stream or river by wading or in a car or on a horse
    synonyms: fording
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    shallow fording
    fording at a shallow place
    deep fording
    fording at a deep place in the stream
    type of:
    traveling across
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