[hwawrf, wawrf]
noun, plural wharves [hwawrvz, wawrvz] , wharfs.
a structure built on the shore of or projecting into a harbor, stream, etc., so that vessels may be moored alongside to load or unload or to lie at rest; quay; pier.
a riverbank.
the shore of the sea.
verb (used with object)
to provide with a wharf or wharves.
to place or store on a wharf: The schedule allowed little time to wharf the cargo.
to accommodate at or bring to a wharf: The new structure will wharf several vessels.
verb (used without object)
to tie up at a wharf; dock: The ship wharfed in the early morning.

before 1050; Middle English (noun); Old English hwearf embankment; cognate with Middle Low German warf; akin to German Werf pier

dock, harbor, pier, wharf (see synonym study at harbor).
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wharf (wɔːf)
n , pl wharves, wharfs
1.  a platform of timber, stone, concrete, etc, built parallel to the waterfront at a harbour or navigable river for the docking, loading, and unloading of ships
2.  (NZ) the wharves the working area of a dock
3.  an obsolete word for shore
4.  to moor or dock at a wharf
5.  to provide or equip with a wharf or wharves
6.  to store or unload on a wharf
[Old English hwearf heap; related to Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb a turn, Old Norse hvarf circle]

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Word Origin & History

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," from PIE base *kwerp- "to turn, revolve" (cf.
O.N. hverfa "to turn round," Ger. werben "to enlist, solicit, court, woo," Goth. hvairban "to wander," Gk. kartos "wrist," Skt. surpam "winnowing fan"). Wharf rat "person who hangs around docks" is recorded from 1836.
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Example sentences
However, the program was so successful they re-created it in a fishing and tackle shed on a nearby wharf.
The bridge and wharf contracts are awarded in the state capital.
As this seaside drama rushed toward its denouement, a horse-drawn cab pulled up to the wharf.
He stops and asks a guy fishing on the wharf what day it is.
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