• A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    A wharf scene—arrival of a ship from the mother country. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wharfing (Hydraul. Engin) A mode of facing sea walls and embankments with planks driven as piles and secured by ties.
    • Wharfing Wharfs, collectively.
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ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History ANIMALS OF THE WHARF-PILES Habitat Group in the American Museum of Natural History

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wharfing A structure in the form of a wharf; materials of which a wharf is constructed; wharves in general.
    • n wharfing In hydraulic engin., a method of facing seawalls by the use of sheet-piling anchored to the bank.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wharfing material for making a wharf: wharfs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwerf, a dam; prob. conn. with hweorfan (Ice. hverfa), to turn.


In literature:

And don't you fellows on that wharf try any funny business with me!
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Nothing occurred worthy of note until they arrived at Natchez, but here Roch was much amazed to see Maroney's trunk being put on the wharf-boat.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
Having purchased passage, Oswald is at the wharf, disguised in ill-fitting duster and broad-brimmed hat, ready to embark.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
There were a number of truck teams about the wharf, loading with the freight left there that morning by the steamer.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
Finally, they found a boat belonging to the "Maidstone" lying at a wharf.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
While returning in one of the yacht's boats I caught sight through the fog of two figures standing on the wharf.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
It was about seven o'clock A.M. that we ran alongside the wharf at Newport to land passengers.
"Impressions of America" by Tyrone Power
Some of the boys remained on the bank above, and some on the wharf and near the lower door.
"The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade" by Harry Moore
Beaucaire, and the point on the wharf whence the fishing smack took her departure into the unknown.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The one wharf toward which the boat seemed to be making was crowded with people and piled high with baggage.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin

In poetry:

The river's steel-blue crescent curves
To meet, in ebb and flow,
The single broken wharf that serves
For sloop and gundelow.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But the Memories arose in light,
From meadow and wharf and wave,
And sang through the gathering night,
As we turned to leave the grave.
"I said to my heart,--'I am tired" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
There'll be a wharf, I know, where I am going,
There'll be a gangway for the likes o' me;
There'll be some lofty packet seaward going, —
They'll be fine ships on that eternal sea!
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams
Fades the sodden wharf, and fades the spire.
The anchored ships are lost. The climbing town
Fades out. The narrows close. The cliffs retire.
The green hill-pastures blur against the brown.
"Adieu" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Was it but the muttering tide that by the wharf did go, —
Or the footsteps of a comrade out of long ago?
Did I hear the wave lap and the light wind sigh, —
Or the voices of my shipmates in the years gone by?
"The Old Fiddle" by Cicely Fox Smith
They are gone, friend and foe,--anchored fast at the pier,
Whence no vessel brings back its pale passengers here;
But our wharf, like a lily, still floats on the flood,
Its breast in the sunshine, its roots in the mud.
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Last Sunday our hometown paper, Bluffon Today, wrote a wonderful article on the progress of this redevelopment project on Wharf Street but I feel it is so important talk about this today as well.
On Oct 6, about 2,500 ducks will begin their race across the Lagoon at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Celebrating a new 10-year lease for its existing location on Long Wharf.
Murphy Davis, the artistic director of the Bay Street Theatre, and Tracy Mitchell, its executive director, celebrated a new 10-year lease for its existing location on Long Wharf.
This sign, signaling 'closed for business,' greets people at the front door of Mt Vernon at the Wharf Restaurant.
1 Long Wharf Sag Harbor, NY, 11963, United States.
Although Labor Day has come and gone, Sag Harbor will be bustling this weekend as residents of the village celebrate the annual HarborFest on Long Wharf.
A savvy traveler shows us there's more here than State Street and the wharf.
360 Concord St.- Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC.
Wharf to Embrace the "Mary E" Schooner .
Along the Maine coast, fishing wharfs are slowly being replaced with seaside homes.
'Macbeth' Reset As Vietnam Soldiers' Story At Long Wharf.
Sensing at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.
Connecticut Magazine has moved its office from Trumbull to the New Haven Register building on Long Wharf in New Haven, effective Monday, March 26, 2012.
External links for Long Wharf Theatre.

In science:

For example, Fisherman’s Wharf and San Francisco are connected through geographical containment.
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