noun Etymology: alteration of earlier key, from Middle English, from Middle French dialect (Picard) kay, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Breton kae hedge, enclosure; akin to Old English hecg hedge Date: circa 1635 a structure built parallel to the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place

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  • Quay — ist der Name von: Stephen und Timothy Quay (* 1947), US amerikanische Filmregisseure; siehe Brothers Quay Jan de Quay (1901 1985), niederländischer Politiker der Katholischen Volkspartei (KVP) Joanne Quay (* 1980), malaysische Badmintonspielerin… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Quay — Quay, n. [F. quai. See {Key} quay.] A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels. [Written also {key}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Quay — Quay, OK U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 47 Housing Units (2000): 20 Land area (2000): 0.187661 sq. miles (0.486041 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.187661 sq. miles (0.486041 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Quay — Quay, v. t. To furnish with quays. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quay — quay·age; quay; …   English syllables

  • quay — Quay, m. monosyll. Est cette muraille de pierre de taille, qui est eslevée sur le bord d une riviere dans les villes où elle passe, qui sert tant pour empescher que desbordement d icelle ne se face dans la ville, que pour arrester les vaisseaux… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Quay — Quay,   Jan Eduard de, niederländischer Politiker, * Herzogenbusch 26. 8. 1901, ✝ Beers (Provinz Nordbrabant) 4. 7. 1985; nach der deutschen Besetzung der Niederlande Mitbegründer der gegen das nationalsozialistische Regime agierenden… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • quay — [ki: US keı, ki:] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: kay] a place in a town or village where boats can be tied up or can stop to load and unload goods …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quay — [ ki, keı ] noun count a hard surface next to an ocean or river, where boats can stop …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • quay — (n.) 1690s, variant of M.E. key wharf (c.1400; mid 13c. in place names), from O.N.Fr. cai (O.Fr. chai) sand bank, from Gaulish caium (5c.), from O.Celt. *kagio to encompass, enclose (Cf. Welsh cae fence, hedge, Cornish ke hedge ), cognate with… …   Etymology dictionary

  • quay — *wharf, dock, pier, slip, berth, jetty, levee …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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