noun (plural wharves; also wharfs) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwearf embankment, wharf; akin to Old English hweorfan to turn, Old High German hwerban, Greek karpos wrist Date: before 12th century 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

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  • Wharf — (engl. Kai oder Werft) steht für: Canary Wharf, ein Bürogebäudekomplex in London Chelsea Wharf, einen Hafen in Auckland Butlers Wharf, ein Gebäudekomplex in London Fisherman’s Wharf, ein Hafenviertel in San Francisco Imperial Wharf, eine Ortslage …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wharf — [ warf ] n. m. • 1833; mot angl. « quai » ♦ Appontement qui s avance dans la mer, pour permettre aux navires d accoster. « Rufisque avance dans la mer quatre wharfs courts et trapus » (J. R. Bloch). ● wharf nom masculin (mot anglais) Appontement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Wharf — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wharf — wharf, dock, pier, quay, slip, berth, jetty, levee signify a structure used by boats and ships for taking on or landing cargo or passengers. Wharf applies to a structure projecting from the shore that permits boats or ships to lie alongside for… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wharf — wharf·age; wharf; wharf·ie; wharf·ing; wharf·in·ger; wharf·less; wharf·man; …   English syllables

  • Wharf — Wharf, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wharfed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wharfing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs. [1913 Webster] 2. To place upon a wharf; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wharf — [wɔːf ǁ wɔːrf] noun wharves PLURALFORM [wɔːvz ǁ wɔːrvz] [countable] TRANSPORT the place where a ship can stop and unload goods; = DOCK: • The whole wharf area has been extensively renovated. * * * UK US …   Financial and business terms

  • wharf — [hwôrf, wôrf] n. pl. wharves or wharfs [ME < OE hwerf, a dam or bank to keep out water, lit., a turning < base of hweorfan, to turn < IE base * kwerp , to turn > Gr karpos, wrist] 1. a structure of wood or stone, sometimes roofed over …   English World dictionary

  • wharf — late O.E. hwearf shore, bank where ships can tie up, earlier dam, embankment, from P.Gmc. *khwarfaz (Cf. M.L.G. werf mole, dam, wharf, Ger. Werft shipyard, dockyard ); related to O.E. hwearfian to turn, perhaps in a sense implying busy activity,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Wharf — (spr. Uars), Nebenfluß der Onse in der englischen Grafschaft York …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • wharf — [wo:f US wo:rf] n plural wharves [wo:vz US wo:rvz] [: Old English; Origin: hwearf] a structure that is built out into the water so that boats can stop next to it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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