AskDefine | Define wharfage

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wharfage \Wharf"age\, n. [1913 Webster]
The fee or duty paid for the privilege of using a wharf for loading or unloading goods; pierage, collectively; quayage. [1913 Webster]
A wharf or wharfs, collectively; wharfing. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a fee charged for the use of a wharf
2 a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats [syn: pier, wharf, dock]



  1. A dock; quay; or pier
  2. A fee charged for using a dock
    • 1895, John Houston Merrill, The American and English Encyclopedia of Law, p. 100.
      If the owner of goods deposited at a wharf sells them, and gives notice to the wharfinger of such sale, on tendering the wharfage then due, he is discharged from liability for future wharfage.


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