I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse fjǫrthr fjord, Latin portus port, Old English faran to go — more at fare Date: before 12th century a shallow part of a body of water that may be crossed by wading II. transitive verb Date: 1614 to cross (a body of water) by wading • fordable adjective

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