Wharf

Definition of Wharf

n.1.
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.
- Bancroft.
Out upon the wharfs they came,
Knight and burgher, lord and dame.
- Tennyson.
2.The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
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.
Wharf rat
a - (Zool.) The common brown rat.
- Bartlett.
b - A neglected boy who lives around the wharfs.
v. t.1.To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs.
2.To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.

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anchorage, anchorage ground, basin, berth, breakwater, bulkhead, dock, dockage, dockyard, dry dock, embankment, groin, harbor, harborage, haven, jetty, jutty, landing, landing place, landing stage, levee, marina, mole, moorings, port, protected anchorage, quay, road, roads, roadstead, seaport, seawall, shipyard, slip
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