[hwawrvz, wawrvz]
a plural of wharf.
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[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).


[hwawrv, wawrv]
Spinning. a wheel or round piece of wood on a spindle, serving as a flywheel or as a pulley.

before 1000; Middle English wherve, Old English hweorfa; derivative of hwerfan to revolve

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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]

wharve (wɔːv)
a wooden disc or wheel on a shaft serving as a flywheel or pulley
[Old English hweorfa, from hweorfan to revolve; related to Old Saxon hwervo axis, Old High German hwerbo a turn]

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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
During the city's early years, this area attracted wholesalers who built
  warehouses near the wharves and railroad tracks.
The quays are a really a series of streets named for the wharves that once
  stood at the water's edge.
Pictures of it were made, with steamers lying at the wharves and a university
  in the suburbs.
Over the past decade the old downtown wharves have closed, one after another,
  and then been converted to tourist attractions.
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