from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Detention of a ship, freight car, or other cargo conveyance during loading or unloading beyond the scheduled time of departure.
- n. Compensation paid for such detention.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the detention of a ship or other freight vehicle, during delayed loading or unloading
- n. compensation paid for such detention
- n. a charge made for exchanging currency for bullion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The detention of a vessel by the freighter beyond the time allowed in her charter party for loading, unloading, or sailing.
- n. The allowance made to the master or owner of the ship for such delay or detention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In maritime law:
- n. 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. The compensation which the freighter has to pay for such delay or detention.
- n. Detention of railway-wagons, etc.
- n. A charge of 1½d. per ounce, made by the Bank of England in exchanging notes or coin for bullion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a charge required as compensation for the delay of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
- n. detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer (English demur), from Latin demorari ("to tarry"). (Wiktionary)