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[peer-hed] /ˈpɪərˌhɛd/
the outermost end of a pier or wharf.
(in the Great Lakes area) a breakwater.
Origin of pierhead
1675-85; pier + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He laid down his bag and roll, sat awhile listening to the shift of feet and the clatter of cargo winches on deck and pierhead.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • When the steamer left the pierhead her deck was thronged with passengers.

  • From a flagstaff at the pierhead, the red ensign of England was displayed.

    The Ebb-Tide Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
  • The first bath in that city was established in 1828, and is known as the pierhead.

    History of Sanitation John Joseph Cosgrove
  • A square of yellow bunting slid slowly up the pierhead staff of the dock corporation, and spread in the light shore breeze.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Hurricane Point shut out the view of the sea in the north-west, even from the pierhead, and the ship was not to be seen.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • Past the pierhead we found some wind, actually got the engine started, and ploughed away at a cheerful ten knots.

  • An infernal machine, such as has before been described, was blown up at the pierhead.

  • Whilst taking passengers on board, a carriage arrived at the pierhead for embarkation.

  • I say, Mr Frobisher, did you happen to notice a yellow-skinned chap standing on the pierhead as we left the dock?

    A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood

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