Definition of wharf
wharvesplay \ˈhwȯrvz, ˈwȯrvz\ also
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 obsolete : the bank of a river or the shore of the sea
Examples of wharf in a Sentence
tied the rowboat up at the wharf
Recent Examples of wharf from the Web
The wharves are constantly growing like fingers out from the shore.
Skiffs, dwarfed by the Maquoit’s 98-foot length, head in the opposite direction, steered by solo skippers on their way into the wharfs.
The suit alleges that Front St. owner Stephen Webster, a Newport entrepreneur, offered $1.8 million for the dilapidated wharf and an idle Bayfront processing plant owned by California Shellfish in 2015.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
WHARF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wharf for English Language Learners
: a flat structure that is built along the shore of a river, ocean, etc., so that ships can load and unload cargo or passengers
WHARF Defined for Kids
Definition of wharf for Students
wharves\ˈhwȯrvz, ˈwȯrvz\ also
: a structure built on the shore for loading and unloading ships
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