< /ˈmæd əks/, Ford Madox Hueffer, 1873–1939, English novelist, poet, critic, and editor.

  • Gerald R(udolph, Jr.)Leslie Lynch King, Jr., 1913–2006, U.S. political leader: congressman 1948–73; vice president 1973–74; 38th president of the U.S. 1974–77.
  • Guy Stanton,1873–1963, U.S. historian, educator, and editor.
  • Henry,1863–1947, U.S. automobile manufacturer.
  • John,1586?–c1640, English playwright.
  • JohnSean O’Feeney, 1895–1973, U.S. film director.
  • a male given name.
  • noun

    1. a shallow area in a river that can be crossed by car, horseback, etc


    1. (tr) to cross (a river, brook, etc) over a shallow area


    1. Ford Maddox (ˈmædəks) original name Ford Madox Hueffer . 1873–1939, English novelist, editor, and critic; works include The Good Soldier (1915) and the war tetralogy Parade’s End (1924–28).
    2. Gerald R (udolph). 1913–2006, US politician; 38th president of the US (1974–77)
    3. Harrison . born 1942, US film actor. His films include Star Wars (1977) and its sequels, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and its sequels, Bladerunner (1982), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and What Lies Beneath (2000)
    4. Henry . 1863–1947, US car manufacturer, who pioneered mass production
    5. John . 1586–?1639, English dramatist; author of revenge tragedies such as ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (1633)
    6. John, real name Sean O’Feeney . 1895–1973, US film director, esp of Westerns such as Stagecoach (1939) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)


    1. Hank, real name Hiram Williams. 1923–53, US country singer and songwriter. His songs (all 1948–52) include “Jambalaya”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, and “Why Don’t you Love me (like you Used to Do?)”
    2. John. born 1941, Australian classical guitarist, living in Britain
    3. John (Towner). born 1932, US composer of film music; his scores include those for Jaws (1975), Star Wars (1977), E.T. (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
    4. Ralph Vaughan. See (Ralph) Vaughan Williams
    5. Raymond (Henry). 1921–88, British literary critic and novelist, noted esp for such works as Culture and Society (1958) and The Long Revolution (1961), which offer a socialist analysis of the relationship between society and culture
    6. Robbie, full name Robert Peter Williams. born 1974, British pop singer and songwriter. A member of Take That (1990–95; and from 2010), he found solo success with “Angels” (1997) and the albums Life Thru a Lens (1997), Swing When You’re Winning (2001), and Escapology (2002)
    7. Robin (McLaurim). born 1951, US film actor and comedian; films include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets’ Society (1989), Mrs Doubtfire (1993), and Insomnia (2002)
    8. Rowan (Douglas). Baron. born 1950, Archbishop of Canterbury (2002–2012); Archbishop of Wales (2000–02)
    9. Serena . born 1981, US tennis player, sister of Venus Williams: since 1999 she has won sixteen Grand Slam singles titles, including the Australian Open five times, Wimbledon five times, and the US Open four times
    10. Tennessee, real name Thomas Lanier Williams. 1911–83, US dramatist. His plays include The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Night of the Iguana (1961)
    11. Venus . born 1980, US tennis player: winner of seven Grand Slam singles titles, including Wimbledon five times (2000–01, 2005, 2007–08); with her sister Serena she has won thirteen Grand Slam doubles titles
    12. William Carlos (ˈkɑːləs). 1883–1963, US poet, who formulated the poetic concept “no ideas but in things”. His works include Paterson (1946–58), which explores the daily life of a man living in a modern city, and the prose work In the American Grain (1925)

    fem. pet name, from Bet, shortened from Elizabeth, + -y (3).


    Old English ford “shallow place where water can be crossed,” from Proto-Germanic *furdhus (cf. Old Frisian forda, Old High German furt, German Furt “ford”), from PIE *prtu- “a going, a passage” (cf. Latin portus “harbor,” originally “entrance, passage;” Old Welsh rit, Welsh rhyd “ford;” Old English faran “to go;” see port (n.1)). The line of automobiles is named for U.S. manufacturer Henry Ford (1863-1947).


    1610s, from ford (n.). Related: Forded; fording.

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