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wharf

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noun \ˈhwȯrf, ˈwȯrf\

Simple Definition of wharf

  • : a flat structure that is built along the shore of a river, ocean, etc., so that ships can load and unload cargo or passengers

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wharf

plural

wharves

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wharfs

  1. 1 :  a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of navigable waters so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers

  2. 2 obsolete :  the bank of a river or the shore of the sea

Examples of wharf in a sentence

  1. <tied the rowboat up at the wharf>



Origin and Etymology of wharf

Middle English, from Old English hwearf embankment, wharf; akin to Old English hweorfan to turn, Old High German hwerban, Greek karpos wrist


First Known Use: before 12th century

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WHARF Defined for Kids

wharf

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noun \ˈhwȯrf, ˈwȯrf\

Definition of wharf for Students

plural

wharves

\ˈhwȯrvz, ˈwȯrvz\ also

wharfs

  1. :  a structure built on the shore for loading and unloading ships





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