from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A landing place or pier where ships may tie up and load or unload.
  • n. Obsolete A shore or riverbank.
  • transitive v. To moor (a vessel) at a wharf.
  • transitive v. To take to or store (cargo) on a wharf.
  • transitive v. To furnish, equip, or protect with wharves or a wharf.
  • intransitive v. To berth at a wharf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
  • transitive v. To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs.
  • transitive v. To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A platform of timber, stone, or other material built on a support at the margin of a harbor or a navigable stream, in order that vessels may be moored alongside, as for loading or unloading, or while at rest.
  • n. The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
  • To guard or secure by a wharf or firm wall of timber or stone.
  • To place or lodge on a wharf.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. discharge at a wharf
  • v. provide with a wharf
  • v. moor at a wharf
  • v. store on a wharf
  • v. come into or dock at a wharf
  • n. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats


Middle English, from Old English hwearf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old English hwearf ("heap, embankment, wharf"); related to Old English hweorfan ("to turn"), Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb ("a turn"), hwerban ("to turn"), Old Norse hvarf ("circle"), Greek καρπός ("wrist"). (Wiktionary)



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