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  • A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wharf moor at a wharf "The ship was wharfed"
    • v wharf come into or dock at a wharf "the big ship wharfed in the evening"
    • v wharf discharge at a wharf "wharf the passengers"
    • v wharf store on a wharf "Wharf the merchandise"
    • v wharf provide with a wharf "Wharf the mouth of the river"
    • n wharf a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
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Additional illustrations & photos:

ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wharf 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 pier. "Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.""Out upon the wharfs they came,
      Knight and burgher, lord and dame."
    • Wharf The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea. "The fat weed that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf ."
    • Wharf To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs.
    • Wharf To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wharf A platform of timber, stone, or other material built on a support at the margin of a harbor or a navigable stream, in order that vessels may be moored alongside, as for loading or unloading, or while at rest. A wharf may be parallel with and contiguous to the margin, when it is more especially called a quay; or it may project away from it, with openings underneath for the flow of water, when it is distinctively called a pier. (See cuts under pilework.) In England wharves are of two kinds:
    • n wharf The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
    • wharf To guard or secure by a wharf or firm wall of timber or stone.
    • wharf To place or lodge on a wharf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wharf hworf a bank of timber or stone on the shore of a harbour or river for lading and unlading vessels:
    • v.t Wharf to secure by a wharf: to place on a wharf
    • n Wharf hworf (Shak.) the bank of a river
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. hwaírban, hwarbōn, to walk. Cf. Whirl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwerf, a dam; prob. conn. with hweorfan (Ice. hverfa), to turn.


In literature:

But I rely on you to be here on this wharf not later than midnight.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
Foremost in the crowd on the wharf was Bangs, the senior member of the firm that kept the fish market.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
It blew so hard I feared it would blow us over onto the wharf.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
My men broke into a run for the scene of the fire; but I moved more slowly, and studied the situation as I walked up the wharf.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
I left the wharf feeling very lonely and miserable.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
When I reached Market Wharf I found that the Islander had hauled out into the stream from the wharf where she had been undergoing repairs.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Nal Gerda, Officer of the Guard, stood on the small wharf below the old watchtower.
"Millennium" by Everett B. Cole
And I saw men hurrying on the wharf, as though about to put out a boat.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
Four canoes lay beside the wharf, and the campers were taking their places.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
At the wharf they were greeted by a chorus of exclamations from a large group of people.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
As he came to the wharf, his brilliant scheme leaped into his head again.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
Or else to walk with Abby in the morning down the broad Embarcadero Road to the little wharf on the bay.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
Anne held fast to his hand as they walked together to the wharf where the sloop lay.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
Some days later, the captured vessel reached the port to which she had been sent, and was tied up at a wharf to await condemnation.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The shore, on which were a few small houses and a wharf hidden among trees and rocks, appeared to be a long distance off.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
How different from the poor, humble clerk upon the sugar wharf!
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
He strolled to Long Wharf.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Bannon looked across the tracks to the wharf; the pile of timber was still there.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
This precluded his waiting at the familiar place on the rotting wharf.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
His anxious glances up the wharf, and those flowers give him away.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell

In poetry:

But the Memories arose in light,
From meadow and wharf and wave,
And sang through the gathering night,
As we turned to leave the grave.
"I said to my heart,--'I am tired" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Fades the sodden wharf, and fades the spire.
The anchored ships are lost. The climbing town
Fades out. The narrows close. The cliffs retire.
The green hill-pastures blur against the brown.
"Adieu" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Then on another arm I leant,
And then once more with him I went
Thro' field and wharf and town;
And love caught up the flying hours,
And eyes that were not calm as yours
Were imaged in my own.
"To --" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
And I took off my cap by the dingy wharf-side
To the grace and the glory, the strength and the pride,
That all were her portion who once had the name
In a day that's gone by, of a clipper of fame.
"The Ould Has-Been" by Cicely Fox Smith
Was it but the muttering tide that by the wharf did go, —
Or the footsteps of a comrade out of long ago?
Did I hear the wave lap and the light wind sigh, —
Or the voices of my shipmates in the years gone by?
"The Old Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
"By Tavy, Dart and Derwent, by Wharfe and Usk and Nidd,
Here's many a trusty vassal is yours when you shall bid,
With the strength of English rivers to push the wheels along,
And the roar of many a mill-race to join the victory song."
"The Song Of The Mill" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Between the Pacific Coast's bounty and San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, it's no surprise that the Bay Area would be home to so many terrific seafood restaurants.
Occupy the Hamptons is returning to Sag Harbor this weekend with a second gathering at the Long Wharf at 3 pm on Sunday.
A Wharf Shop at the Heart of Sag Harbor.
BEACH WALK INFORMATION Distance -1.25 miles east to Stearns Wharf.
Hot rods, antiques, custom jobs and classics, plus motorcycles, too, will strut their stuff at the Tisbury wharf on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven.
Beer drinkers in the Canary Wharf business and shopping district in London.
100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC.
F&W Best New Chef 2000 Amanda Lydon and her husband, chef Gabriel Frasca—the couple behind the island's Straight Wharf restaurant – Nantucket Restaurants.
Proposal Giving Long Wharf to Sag Harbor Makes it Back to the Suffolk County Legislature.
Wharf Tavern Surrounded by Water.
Water surrounds the Wharf Tavern in Warren, Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012.
Amigo's, Lahaina Wharf Center, Lahaina, 661-0210 1 Lengua taco and 1 tacos al pastor, $6.
PETA goes topless at Fisherman's Wharf.
On Saturdays we'd either drive to the wharf, or put him in an aluminum-framed backpack and walk downtown for breakfast.

In science:

For example, Fisherman’s Wharf and San Francisco are connected through geographical containment.
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