What does wharf mean?

Definitions for wharfʰwɔrf, wɔrf

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wharf.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [AS. hwerf, hwearf, a returning, a change, from hweorfan to turn, turn about, go about; akin to D. werf a wharf, G. werft, Sw. varf a shipbuilder's yard, Dan. verft wharf, dockyard, G. werben to enlist, to engage, woo, OHG. werban to turn about, go about, be active or occupied, Icel. hverfa to turn, Goth. hwarban, hwarbn, to walk. Cf. Whirl.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wharf

    hworf, n. a bank of timber or stone on the shore of a harbour or river for lading and unlading vessels: (Shak.) the bank of a river:—pl. Wharfs, Wharves.—v.t. to secure by a wharf: to place on a wharf.—ns. Wharf′age, the dues paid for using a wharf: accommodation at a wharf; Wharf′ing, material for making a wharf: wharfs; Wharfinger (hworf′in-jėr), one who has the care of, or owns, a wharf; Wharf′-rat, the common brown rat: a fellow who loafs about a wharf in the hope of picking up a chance job. [A.S. hwerf, a dam; prob. conn. with hweorfan (Ice. hverfa), to turn.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wharf in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wharf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chevron Philippines Inc:

    The leaked product has been recovered from sea and the wharf platform, which is estimated to be less than 300 litres.

  2. Airplane:

    Ted Striker It was a rough place - the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It's worse than Detroit.

  3. Gina Rinehart:

    This is a truly momentous occasion as we receive the first vessel alongside the Roy Hill wharf and the first of our high grade product is loaded for the steel mills of Asia.

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