wharves

[ hwawrvz, wawrvz ]
/ ʰwɔrvz, wɔrvz /

noun

a plural of wharf.

Definition for wharves (2 of 3)

wharf

[ hwawrf, wawrf ]
/ ʰwɔrf, wɔrf /

noun, plural wharves [hwawrvz, wawrvz] /ʰwɔrvz, wɔrvz/, 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.
Obsolete.
  1. a riverbank.
  2. 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.

Origin of wharf

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

Can be confused

dock harbor pier wharf

Definition for wharves (3 of 3)

wharve

[ hwawrv, wawrv ]
/ ʰwɔrv, wɔrv /

noun

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

Origin of wharve

before 1000; Middle English wherve, Old English hweorfa; derivative of hwerfan to revolve
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British Dictionary definitions for wharves (1 of 2)

wharf

/ (wɔːf) /

noun plural wharves (wɔːvz) or wharfs

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
the wharves NZ the working area of a dock
an obsolete word for shore 1

verb (tr)

to moor or dock at a wharf
to provide or equip with a wharf or wharves
to store or unload on a wharf

Word Origin for wharf

Old English hwearf heap; related to Old Saxon hwarf, Old High German hwarb a turn, Old Norse hvarf circle

British Dictionary definitions for wharves (2 of 2)

wharve

/ (wɔːv) /

noun

a wooden disc or wheel on a shaft serving as a flywheel or pulley

Word Origin for wharve

Old English hweorfa, from hweorfan to revolve; related to Old Saxon hwervo axis, Old High German hwerbo a turn
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