a dip constructed in the roadbed at a stream crossing, instead of a culvert or bridge. The streambed must be of erosion-resistant material, or such material must be placed in contact with the streambed.
A constructed or natural stream crossing for equipment, humans, or animals at a point where water is shallow, footing is firm, and banks are low or inclined for easy approach and exit. The bottom of the channel and approaches are either naturally or artificially paved to facilitate ease of crossing and to reduce muddying of the water.
A ford is a place in a watercourse (most commonly a stream or river) that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading, on horseback, or in a wheeled vehicle. The names of many towns and villages are derived from such places, e.g. Oxford (a ford where oxen crossed the river: see the ), or Staffort and Stratford (a ford on a Roman road).
HM Prison Ford (informally known as Ford Open Prison) is a low-security prison near Arundel and Littlehampton in West Sussex, England. It is administered by Her Majesty's Prison Service for the Home Office of the United Kingdom government.