wharf

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old English hwearf (heap, embankment, wharf); related to Old English hweorfan (to turn), Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb (a turn), hwerban (to turn), Old Norse hvarf (circle), Greek καρπός (karpós, wrist).

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wharf (plural wharves or wharfs)

  1. A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.
    • Bancroft
      Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.
    • Tennyson
      Out upon the wharfs they came, / Knight and burgher, lord and dame.
  2. The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.
    • Shakespeare
      the fat weed that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf

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