wharf meaning

[ (h)wɔ:f ] Pronunciation:   "wharf" in a sentence
  • Noun: wharf (wharves,wharfs)  worf
    1. A platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
      - pier, wharfage, dock
    Verb: wharf  worf
    1. Provide with a wharf
      "Wharf the mouth of the river" 
    2. Store on a wharf
      "Wharf the merchandise" 
    3. Discharge at a wharf
      "wharf the passengers" 
    4. Come into or dock at a wharf
      "the big ship wharfed in the evening"
      - moor, berth 
    5. Moor at a wharf
      "The ship was wharfed"

    Derived forms: wharfed, wharfing, wharfs, wharves

    Type of: berth, discharge, dock, drop, drop off, furnish, moor, platform, provide, put down, render, set down, store, supply, tie up, unload

    Encyclopedia: Wharf

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun [C] (plural wharves /; AmE / or wharfs)

    a flat structure built beside the sea or a river where boats can be tied up and goods unloaded:

    a warehouse on the wharf

  • [Defence]
    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.
    (JP 4-01.5)

  • [Law]
    n. Under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894,any premises (including quays and docks) in or upon which goods landed from ships may be lawfully placed.


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  1. the boat floated into the wharf to which it belonged.
  2. the ship lies alongside the wharf.
  3. the ship was nearing the wharf.
  4. the house they sought was about five minutes' walk from the wharf.
  5. he was the first man dawn the gangway and into the lone telephone booth on the wharf.

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