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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wharfage a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
    • n wharfage a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wharfage A wharf or wharfs, collectively; wharfing.
    • Wharfage The fee or duty paid for the privilege of using a wharf for loading or unloading goods; pierage, collectively; quayage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wharfage Provision of or accommodation at wharves; berthage at a wharf: as, the city had abundant wharfage; to find wharfage for a ship.
    • n wharfage Charge or payment for the use of a wharf; the charges or receipts for accommodation at a wharf or at wharves.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Wharfage the dues paid for using a wharf: accommodation at a wharf
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwerf, a dam; prob. conn. with hweorfan (Ice. hverfa), to turn.


In literature:

Boats were charged such heavy wharfage that they could not afford to land for one or two passengers or a light lot of freight.
"Life On The Mississippi, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The wine was immediately distributed; coming to the officer, after every expense of wharfage, etc.
"An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Vol. 1" by David Collins
The largest steamers afloat can find wharfage at her docks and safe anchorage in her waters.
"A Review of the Resources and Industries of the State of Washington, 1909" by Ithamar Howell
Wharfage for every cask or package 6d.
"The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811)" by David Dickinson Mann
Tonnage was dreadful high and wharfage too, in some ports, and they'd get your last cent some way or 'nother if ye weren't sharp.
"Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
A mile of wharfage was destroyed, and Water Street completely gutted.
"The Story of Newfoundland" by Frederick Edwin Smith, Earl of Birkenhead
One advantage to the first boat was free wharfage the balance of the season in every town and city along the river.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
At eleven o'clock on Monday night we quietly come alongside at the Bergen wharfage, but the rain keeps on.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
At New-York she pays wharfage again.
"Ocean Steam Navigation and the Ocean Post" by Thomas Rainey
The wharfage distance is more than nine and a third miles.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
He had been sent out to collect wharfage accounts.
"Terry's Trials and Triumphs" by J. Macdonald Oxley
The sea front is protected by a masonry wall, and there are over 13,000 ft. of wharfage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
The port has over 3 m. of wharfage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
But the boat soon found its second wharfage.
"An Ambitious Woman" by Edgar Fawcett
This tiny strip of land, once the wharfage, is now grass green.
"The Secrets of a Kuttite" by Edward O. Mousley