[fer-it] /ˈfɛr ɪt/
a domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat, used in Europe for driving rabbits and rats from their burrows.
verb (used with object)
to drive out by using or as if using a ferret (often followed by out):
to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
to hunt with ferrets.
to hunt over with ferrets:
to ferret a field.
to search out, discover, or bring to light (often followed by out):
to ferret out the facts.
to harry, worry, or torment:
His problems ferreted him day and night.
verb (used without object)
to search about.
a domesticated albino variety of the polecat Mustela putorius, bred for hunting rats, rabbits, etc
an assiduous searcher
black-footed ferret, a musteline mammal, Mustela nigripes, of W North America, closely related to the weasels
verb -rets, -reting, -reted
to hunt (rabbits, rats, etc) with ferrets
(transitive) usually foll by out. to drive from hiding: to ferret out snipers
(transitive) usually foll by out. to find by persistent investigation
(intransitive) to search around
silk binding tape
late 14c., from Old French furet, diminutive of fuiron “weasel, ferret,” literally “thief,” probably from Late Latin furionem (related to furonem “cat,” also “robber”), from Latin fur (genitive furis) “thief.”
early 15c., from ferret (n.), in reference to the use of half-tame ferrets to kill rats and flush rabbits from burrows; the extended sense of “search out, discover” is 1570s. Related: Ferreted; ferreting.
To search inquisitively; find by searching: ferret out the whole story
[1570+; fr the notion of the ferret as a restless and assiduous searcher]
Lev. 11:30 (R.V., “gecko”), one of the unclean creeping things. It was perhaps the Lacerta gecko which was intended by the Hebrew word (anakah, a cry, “mourning,” the creature which groans) here used, i.e., the “fan-footed” lizard, the gecko which makes a mournful wail. The LXX. translate it by a word meaning “shrew-mouse,” of which there are three species in Palestine. The Rabbinical writers regard it as the hedgehog. The translation of the Revised Version is to be preferred.
1. a combining form with the meanings “iron,” “ferric,” used in the formation of compound words: ferriferous; ferricyanide. combining form 1. indicating the presence of iron, esp in the trivalent state: ferricyanide, ferriferous Compare ferro- ferri- pref. Iron, especially ferric ion: ferritin.
[fer-ee-ij] /ˈfɛr i ɪdʒ/ noun 1. conveyance or transportation by a ferryboat. 2. the fare charged for . /ˈfɛrɪɪdʒ/ noun 1. transportation by ferry 2. the fee charged for passage on a ferry
[fer-ik] /ˈfɛr ɪk/ adjective, Chemistry. 1. of or containing iron, especially in the trivalent state. /ˈfɛrɪk/ adjective 1. of or containing iron in the trivalent state: ferric oxide; designating an iron (III) compound adj. 1799, from Latin ferrum “iron” (see ferro-) + -ic. Of iron, especially with a valence of three. ferric fer·ric (fěr’ĭk) adj. […]
noun, Chemistry. 1. a green, crystalline, water-soluble, synthetically produced powder, (NH 4) 3 Fe(C 2 O 4) 3 ⋅3H 2 O, used chiefly in the manufacture of blueprint paper.