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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wharf n.; pl. Wharfs or Wharves
 1. A structure or platform of timber, masonry, iron, earth, or other material, built on the shore of a harbor, river, canal, or the like, and usually extending from the shore to deep water, so that vessels may lie close alongside to receive and discharge cargo, passengers, etc.; a quay; a pier.
    Commerce pushes its wharves into the sea.   --Bancroft.
 Out upon the wharfs they came,
 Knight and burgher, lord and dame.   --Tennyson.
 Note:The plural of this word is generally written wharves in the United States, and wharfs in England; but many recent English writers use wharves.
 2.  The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.  [Obs.] “The fat weed that roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf.”
 Wharf boat, a kind of boat moored at the bank of a river, and used for a wharf, in places where the height of the water is so variable that a fixed wharf would be useless. [U. S.] --Bartlett.
 Wharf rat. Zool. (a) The common brown rat. (b) A neglected boy who lives around the wharfs. [Slang]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a platform built out from the shore into the water and
          supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
          [syn: pier, wharfage, dock]
      v 1: provide with a wharf; "Wharf the mouth of the river"
      2: store on a wharf; "Wharf the merchandise"
      3: discharge at a wharf; "wharf the passengers"
      4: come into or dock at a wharf; "the big ship wharfed in the
         evening" [syn: moor, berth]
      5: moor at a wharf; "The ship was wharfed"
      [also: wharves (pl)]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See wharf