Definitions for wharfʰwɔrf, wɔrf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wharfʰwɔrf, wɔrf(n.)(pl.)wharves; wharfs

  1. (n.)a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload or to lie at rest; quay; pier.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. (v.t.)to provide with a wharf or wharves.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. to place or store on a wharf.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. to accommodate at or bring to a wharf.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. (v.i.)to tie up at a wharf; dock.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of wharf:

bef. 1050; ME (n.); OE hwearf embankment, c. MLG warf, werf

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pier, wharf, wharfage, dock(verb)

    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

  2. wharf(verb)

    provide with a wharf

    "Wharf the mouth of the river"

  3. wharf(verb)

    store on a wharf

    "Wharf the merchandise"

  4. wharf(verb)

    discharge at a wharf

    "wharf the passengers"

  5. moor, berth, wharf(verb)

    come into or dock at a wharf

    "the big ship wharfed in the evening"

  6. wharf(verb)

    moor at a wharf

    "The ship was wharfed"

Wiktionary

  1. wharf(Noun)

    A man-made landing place jutting out to sea or by a river; mole, pier, or quay

  2. Origin: from hwearf; related to Old English hweorfan, Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb, hwerban, Old Norse hvarf, Greek καρπός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wharf(noun)

    a structure or platform of timber, masonry, iron, earth, or other material, built on the shore of a harbor, river, canal, or the like, and usually extending from the shore to deep water, so that vessels may lie close alongside to receive and discharge cargo, passengers, etc.; a quay; a pier

  2. Wharf(noun)

    the bank of a river, or the shore of the sea

  3. Wharf(verb)

    to guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs

  4. Wharf(verb)

    to place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf

Freebase

  1. Wharf

    A wharf or quay is a structure on the shore of a harbor 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. A wharf commonly comprises a fixed platform, often on pilings. Commercial ports may have warehouses that serve as interim storage areas, since the typical objective is to unload and reload vessels as quickly as possible. Where capacity is sufficient a single wharf with a single berth constructed along the land adjacent to the water is normally used; where there is a need for more capacity multiple wharves, or perhaps a single large wharf with multiple berths, will instead be constructed, sometimes projecting into the water. A pier, raised over the water rather than within it, is commonly used for cases where the weight or volume of cargos will be low. Smaller and more modern wharves are sometimes built on flotation devices to keep them at the same level as the ship, even during changing tides. In everyday parlance the term quay is common in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and many other Commonwealth countries, and the Republic of Ireland, whereas the term wharf is more common in the United States. In some contexts wharf and quay may be used to mean pier, berth, or jetty.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. wharf

    A structure built of open rather than solid construction along a shore or a bank that provides cargo-handling facilities. A similar facility of solid construction is called a quay. See also quay.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

wharf(noun)

a platform alongside which ships are moored for loading and unloading.

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