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Wharf \Wharf\, n.; pl. Wharfsor Wharves. [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. hwa['i]rban, hwarb[=o]n, to walk. Cf. Whirl.]

  1. 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.

    Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.

    Out upon the wharfs they came, Knight and burgher, lord and dame.

    Note: The this word is generally written wharves in the United States, and wharfs in England; but many recent English writers use wharves.

  2. [AS. hwearf.] The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea. [Obs.] ``The fat weed that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf.'' --Shak. Wharf boat, a kind of boat moored at the bank of a river, and used for a wharf, in places where the height of the water is so variable that a fixed wharf would be useless. [U. S.] --Bartlett. Wharf rat. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The common brown rat.

    2. A neglected boy who lives around the wharfs. [Slang]


alt. (wharf English) n. (wharf English)

  1. n. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats [syn: pier, wharfage, dock]

  2. [also: wharves (pl)]

  1. v. 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" [syn: moor, berth]

  5. moor at a wharf; "The ship was wharfed"

  6. [also: wharves (pl)]


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Usage examples of "wharves".

On the wharves I could see kneeling pirates, being stripped and bound.

Pot, past the lot where the Triton Extravaganza was folding its tents to begin its mainland tour, past the wharves where the Shuttle Boat was pulling in with its load of workers from the Hydroponics Gardens.

The planks of our fleet might litter the river to the wharves of Turmus.

Still more citizens were running forth, from buildings, from further down the wharves, with spears and swords.

If we could get to free water I did not think the eels would pursue us far from the wharves and shore.

On the wharves and along the water front I could see hundreds of citizens of Victoria.

Some forty yards away, across the water, some hundred yards or so out in the river, off the wharves, half afire, I saw the ship of Ragnar Voskjard.

There is commonly little danger of eels near Victoria, save near the shadows and shallows of the wharves themselves.

At the front edge of the concourse, near the wharves, pirates, in rows, stripped and bound, lay on their bellies.

I could hear, too, from the wharves of Victoria, the ringing of the hammer, closing links of chain and curving collars of iron about the throats of helpless pirates.

Street of the Writhing Slave winds tortuously upward from the wharves, threading its narrow way through a commercial district upward towards a hilly residential district.

Vosk League, solemnly signed under festive canopies on the wharves of Victoria yesterday at the tenth Ahn, Glyco, who had signed on behalf of Port Cos, and Tasdron, Administrator of Victoria, who had signed on behalf of Viotoria.

Chapter One Fifteen months had passed since the end of the Great War, and now the docks and wharves of London were filling up with produce and commodities of all kinds.

Cotton Lane in dockland Bermondsey was one of the many small cobbled streets which served the wharves, and it differed very little from other riverside through-ways.

It was always the same when trade was booming at the local wharves, and as the convoys of horsecarts and lorries lined up along Cotton Lane so the cafe became even fuller.