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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a quay lined with fishing boats
▪ And the worst part was, everyone else seemed to understand it and strode out to the quay full of knowledgeable confidence.
▪ Day 14 Regatta day circumnavigating Skorpios, finish line by Nidri quay.
▪ He found half a dozen fishermen seated under the palm trees at the foot of the Co-operative quay.
▪ I left my cases parked on the quay, and made my way into the post office.
▪ I stayed at the Columba Hotel, just near the quay.
▪ To the end of the quay and back.
▪ Wearing his scarlet flannel pad, he rolled majestically down the chute to the quay and everybody laughed and cheered.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quay \Quay\, n. [F. quai. See Key quay.] 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. [Written also key.]


Quay \Quay\, v. t. To furnish with quays.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1690s, variant of Middle English key, keye, caye "wharf" (c.1300; mid-13c. in place names), from Old North French cai (Old French chai, 12c., Modern French quai) "sand bank," from Gaulish caium (5c.), from Old Celtic *kagio- "to encompass, enclose" (cognates: Welsh cae "fence, hedge," Cornish ke "hedge"), from PIE *kagh- "to catch, seize; wickerwork, fence" (see hedge (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of French quai.


n. (context nautical English) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf. vb. To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".


n. wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline

Quay, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 47
Housing Units (2000): 20
Land area (2000): 0.187661 sq. miles (0.486041 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.187661 sq. miles (0.486041 sq. km)
FIPS code: 61450
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 36.160129 N, 96.711200 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Quay, OK
Quay -- U.S. County in New Mexico
Population (2000): 10155
Housing Units (2000): 5664
Land area (2000): 2874.926116 sq. miles (7446.024141 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 6.871701 sq. miles (17.797623 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2881.797817 sq. miles (7463.821764 sq. km)
Located within: New Mexico (NM), FIPS 35
Location: 35.111229 N, 103.624597 W
Quay, NM
Quay County
Quay County, NM
Quay (disambiguation)

A quay is a term for a type of wharf, commonly used in Britain and (as can be seen from the specific examples below) in many other places.

Quay may refer to:

  • Boat Quay, a historical quay in Singapore
  • Circular Quay (horse), a Kentucky thoroughbred race horse foaled in February 2004
  • Circular Quay, a locality in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Circular Quay ferry wharf, the main commuter wharves in Sydney, Australia
    • Circular Quay railway station, a Sydney Trains station located in Sydney, Australia
  • Clarke Quay, a historical riverside quay in Singapore
  • Lambton Quay, Wellington, the heart of the CBD of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Lonsdale Quay, a major transit hub for Vancouver's North Shore
  • North Quay, London, a proposed office development, on the north side of Canary Wharf in London
  • North Quay, Brisbane, an area of Brisbane, Australia
    • North Quay 1 & 2 Ferry Wharf, Brisbane, on the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Australia
  • South Quay DLR station, a Docklands Light Railway station on the Isle of Dogs, in London
  • One Raffles Quay, an office building complex located in the CBD of Singapore
  • Warrington Bank Quay railway station, a mainline railway station serving the UK town of Warrington
  • West Quay, a shopping centre in Southampton, England
  • Wood Quay, a riverside area of Dublin
  • Quay (restaurant), a restaurant in Sydney, Australia
  • 36 on the Quay, a restaurant in Emsworth, England
  • Queen's Quay Terminal in Toronto
  • Corus Quay
  • Quay (film), a 2015 short documentary film
Quay (restaurant)

Quay is a restaurant in Sydney, Australia. It is owned by Leon Fink, and is run by chef Peter Gilmore. It has won several awards in Australia, and has been included in The World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2009.

Quay (film)

Quay is a 2015 short documentary film by Christopher Nolan.

Usage examples of "quay".

When landing at Brest, your evil genius made you encounter Beausire on the quay, who recognized you immediately, bronzed and altered as you were, while you almost fainted at the sight of him.

He was tired now, Benzedrine or no Benzedrine, so tired that he could hardly drag himself up a set of rungs in the quay.

A few turnings and a short descent brought the Bravo and his companion to the level of the quays.

Here, too, were the fierce men from the Mendips, the wild hunters from Porlock Quay and Minehead, the poachers of Exmoor, the shaggy marshmen of Axbridge, the mountain men from the Quantocks, the serge and wool-workers of Devonshire, the graziers of Bampton, the red-coats from the Militia, the stout burghers of Taunton, and then, as the very bone and sinew of all, the brave smockfrocked peasants of the plains, who had turned up their jackets to the elbow, and exposed their brown and corded arms, as was their wont when good work had to be done.

Moreover, she so organized her system of espionage as to make the old accountant tell her unwittingly all that he knew of the private life led by Denis, his wife Marthe, and their children, Lucien, Paul, and Hortense all, indeed, that was done and said in the modest little pavilion where the young people, in spite of their increasing fortune, were still residing, evincing no ambitious haste to occupy the large house on the quay.

Denis had been installed in the house on the quay with his wife Marthe and their three children.

Leaving the quay, he threaded his way through the narrow streets, up Pilgrim Street, past the inns, the flax dressers, the cheese mongers and the open fronted shops until he came to the corner of New Bridge Street, where three cabs stood waiting for hire.

There was a jetty at the bottom of the village, a crook of stone quay in whose shelter a couple of dinghies shifted uneasily on outhaul moorings.

Fogg, after leaving the consulate, repaired to the quay, gave some orders to Passepartout, went off to the Mongolia in a boat, and descended to his cabin.

Chapter VIII IN WHICH PASSEPARTOUT TALKS RATHER MORE, PERHAPS, THAN IS PRUDENT Fix soon rejoined Passepartout, who was lounging and looking about on the quay, as if he did not feel that he, at least, was obliged not to see anything.

Fogg, Aouda, and Passepartout set foot upon the American continent, if this name can be given to the floating quay upon which they disembarked.

Now, with a gentle breeze steady off the sea, he dropped the main and fore course also well reefed, and with the boats helping to control the head of the ship, he conned her into the crowded quay side As soon as the Principessa was under way, the Count finally wilted, and consented to use the hammock that Harry had provided for him.

Marshall and Quaid had gone off to check out the parking lot while he had been left to watch the front of the building.

Marshall, Quaid and a small cohort of NSA agents made their way down the charred ramp, stepping over the gnarled pieces of steel that now littered the slope.

Levine and Quaid all looked up at the same time as the entire third floor of the building flared like a fiery flashbulb, lighting up the night.