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Wharf vs. Pier

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Main Difference

The main difference between Wharf and Pier is that the Wharf is a structure on the shore of a harbor or on the bank of a river or canal where ships dock and Pier is a raised structure in a body of water, typically supported by well-spaced piles or pillars

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Wikipedia
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  • Wharf (noun)

    A man-made landing place for ships on a shore or river bank.

  • Wharf (noun)

    The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.

  • Wharf (verb)

    To secure by a wharf.

  • Wharf (verb)

    To place on a wharf.

  • Pier (noun)

    A raised platform built from the shore out over water, supported on piles; used to secure, or provide access to shipping; a jetty.

  • Pier (noun)

    A similar structure, especially at a seaside resort, used to provide entertainment.

  • Pier (noun)

    A structure that projects tangentially from the shoreline to accommodate ships; often double-sided.

  • Pier (noun)

    A structure supporting the junction between two spans of a bridge.

  • Pier (noun)

    A rectangular pillar, or similar structure, that supports an arch, wall or roof.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Wharf (noun)

    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.

  • Wharf (noun)

    The bank of a river, or the shore of the sea.

  • Wharf

    To guard or secure by a firm wall of timber or stone constructed like a wharf; to furnish with a wharf or wharfs.

  • Wharf

    To place upon a wharf; to bring to a wharf.

  • Pier (noun)

    Any detached mass of masonry, whether insulated or supporting one side of an arch or lintel, as of a bridge; the piece of wall between two openings.

  • Pier (noun)

    A projecting wharf or landing place.

Webster Dictionary
  • Wharf (noun)

    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

  • Wharf (verb)

    provide with a wharf;

    "Wharf the mouth of the river"

  • Wharf (verb)

    store on a wharf;

    "Wharf the merchandise"

  • Wharf (verb)

    discharge at a wharf;

    "wharf the passengers"

  • Wharf (verb)

    come into or dock at a wharf;

    "the big ship wharfed in the evening"

  • Wharf (verb)

    moor at a wharf;

    "The ship was wharfed"

  • Pier (noun)

    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

  • Pier (noun)

    (architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows)

  • Pier (noun)

    a support for two adjacent bridge spans

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