(For"ci*pal) a. Forked or branched like a pair of forceps; constructed so as to open and shut
like a pair of forceps. Sir T. Browne.
(For"ci*pate For"ci*pa`ted) , a. Like a pair of forceps; as, a forcipated mouth.
(For`ci*pa"tion) n. Torture by pinching with forceps or pinchers. Bacon.
(For*cut") v. t. To cut completely; to cut off. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ford) n. [AS. ford; akin to G. furt, Icel. fjörðr bay, and to E. fare. &radic 78. See Fare, v. i., and
cf. Frith arm of the sea.]
1. A place in a river, or other water, where it may be passed by man or beast on foot, by wading.
He swam the Esk river where ford there was none.Sir W. Scott.
2. A stream; a current.
With water of the fordSpenser.
Or of the clouds.
Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford.Dryden.
(Ford), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forded; p. pr. & vb. n. Fording.] To pass or cross, as a river or
other water, by wading; to wade through.
His last section, which is no deep one, remains only to be forted.Milton.
(Ford"a*ble) a. Capable of being forded. Ford"a*ble*ness, n.
(Ford"less), a. Without a ford.
A deep and fordless river.Mallock.
(For*do") v. t. [OE. fordon, AS. fordn; pref. for- + dn to do. See For-, and Do, v. i.]
1. To destroy; to undo; to ruin. [Obs.]
This is the nightShak.
That either makes me or fordoes me quite.
2. To overcome with fatigue; to exhaust. M. Arnold.
All with weary task fordone.Shak.