Ferry bridge, a ferryboat adapted in its structure for the transfer of railroad trains across a river or bay.Ferry railway. See under Railway.

(Fer"ry*boat`) n. A vessel for conveying passengers, merchandise, etc., across streams and other narrow waters.

(Fer"ry*man) n.; pl. Ferrymen One who maintains or attends a ferry.

(Fers) a. Fierce. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Ferthe) a. Fourth. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Fer"tile) a. [L. fertilis, fr. ferre to bear, produce: cf. F. fertile. See Bear to support.]

1. Producing fruit or vegetation in abundance; fruitful; able to produce abundantly; prolific; fecund; productive; rich; inventive; as, fertile land or fields; a fertile mind or imagination.

Though he in a fertile climate dwell.

2. (Bot.) (a) Capable of producing fruit; fruit-bearing; as, fertile flowers. (b) Containing pollen; — said of anthers.

3. produced in abundance; plenteous; ample.

Henceforth, my early care . . .
Shall tend thee, and the fertile burden ease
Of thy full branches.

Syn.Fertile, Fruitful. Fertile implies the inherent power of production; fruitful, the act. The prairies of the West are fertile by nature, and are turned by cultivation into fruitful fields. The same distinction prevails when these words are used figuratively. A man of fertile genius has by nature great readiness of invention; one whose mind is fruitful has resources of thought and a readiness of application which enable him to think and act effectively.

(Fer"tile*ly) adv. In a fertile or fruitful manner.

(fer"tile*ness), n. Fertility. Sir P. Sidney.

(Fer*til"i*tate) v. t. To fertilize; to fecundate. Sir T. Browne.

(Fer*til"i*ty) n. [L. fertilitas: cf. F. fertilité.] The state or quality of being fertile or fruitful; fruitfulness; productiveness; fecundity; richness; abundance of resources; fertile invention; quickness; readiness; as, the fertility of soil, or of imagination. "fertility of

(Fer"ry), n.; pl. Ferries [OE. feri; akin to Icel. ferja, Sw. färja, Dan. færge, G. fähre. See Ferry, v. t.]

1. A place where persons or things are carried across a river, arm of the sea, etc., in a ferryboat.

It can pass the ferry backward into light.

To row me o'er the ferry.

2. A vessel in which passengers and goods are conveyed over narrow waters; a ferryboat; a wherry.

3. A franchise or right to maintain a vessel for carrying passengers and freight across a river, bay, etc., charging tolls.

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