• WordNet 3.6
    • n demurrage detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
    • n demurrage a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Demurrage (Law) The detention of a vessel by the freighter beyond the time allowed in her charter party for loading, unloading, or sailing.☞ The term is also applied to similar delays and allowances in land carriage, by wagons, railroads, etc. "The claim for demurrage ceases as soon as the ship is cleared out and ready for sailing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demurrage In maritime law:
    • n demurrage Any detention of a vessel by the freighter in loading or unloading beyond the time originally stipulated. When a vessel is thus detained she is said to be on demurrage.
    • n demurrage The compensation which the freighter has to pay for such delay or detention.
    • n demurrage Detention of railway-wagons, etc.
    • n demurrage A charge of 1½d. per ounce, made by the Bank of England in exchanging notes or coin for bullion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Demurrage an allowance made for undue delay or detention of a vessel in port: compensation paid by the freighter to the owner of the same: allowance for undue detention of railway-wagons, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. demorage, delay. See Demur
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. demeurer—L. demorāri, to loiter, linger—de, inten., and morāri, to delay—mora, delay.


In literature:

We have delayed you a day, and if you will put in a bill for demurrage, I will approve it.
"The Outlet" by Andy Adams
Run her in the lumber trade and the demurrage would break a national bank.
"Cappy Ricks" by Peter B. Kyne
Delay pays demurrage to the wisely patient.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
In France demurrage begins the moment a ship stops outside of port.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
Who knows anything about this claim for demurrage?
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
An old term for good opportunity or season for navigation, which, if neglected, was liable to costs of demurrage.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The freight of that ship too calls for an enormous sum, on account of her long demurrage.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. I" by Various
Nor has he any lien for dead-freight or demurrage.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
At all events, the demurrage must be frequent, vexatious, and expensive.
"Historic Highways of America (Vol. 14)" by Archer Butler Hulbert

In news:

Demurrage costs are prompting our refinery to install air diaphragm pumps as a backup for loading decanter oil on barges.