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Meaning of WHARF

Pronunciation:  worf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
  2. [v]  moor at a wharf, of vessels; "The ship was wharfed"
  3. [v]  come into or dock at a wharf; "the big ship wharfed in the evening"
  4. [v]  discharge at a wharf; "wharf the passengers"
  5. [v]  store on a wharf; "Wharf the merchandise"
  6. [v]  provide with a wharf; "Wharf the mouth of the river"

WHARF is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: dock, pier, wharfage
 See Also: berth, bitt, bollard, discharge, dock, drop, furnish, moor, platform, provide, put down, quay, render, set down, shipside, store, supply, tie up, unload



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wharf\, n.; pl. {Wharfs}or {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
             Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.
             Out upon the wharfs they came, Knight and burgher,
             lord and dame.                        --Tennyson.
    Note: The plural of 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.)
       (a) The common brown rat.
       (b) A neglected boy who lives around the wharfs. [Slang]
  2. \Wharf\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wharfed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone
       constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or
    2. To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.