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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quay(noun)

    wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline


  1. quay(Noun)

    A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.

  2. quay(Verb)

    To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".

  3. Origin: From cai, from chai (modern French: quai).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quay(noun)

    a mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels

  2. Quay(verb)

    to furnish with quays

  3. Origin: [F. quai. See Key quay.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. quay

    A structure of solid construction along a shore or bank that provides berthing and generally provides cargo-handling facilities. A similar facility of open construction is called a wharf. See also wharf.


  1. Wharf

    A wharf, quay, staith or staithe is a structure on the shore of a harbour or on the bank of a river or canal where ships may dock to load and unload cargo or passengers. Such a structure includes one or more berths, and may also include piers, warehouses, or other facilities necessary for handling the ships.

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