American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wharf or reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of whey.
- n. A landing-place; a place where vessels are loaded and unloaded; a wharf: usually constructed of stone, but sometimes of wood, iron, etc., along a line of coast or a river-bank or round a harbor or dock.
- To furnish with a quay or quays.
- n. nautical A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.
- v. To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels.
- v. To furnish with quays.
- n. wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
- From Old Northern French cai, from Old French chai (modern French: quai). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English keye, from Old North French cai, of Celtic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The rehabilitated timber deck of the quay is a generous public gathering place throughout the year.”
“The quay is enjoyable, as is the ride out to the islands, but you won’t be tempted to jump into the murky brown waters, and you’ll find the lake difficult to approach on foot, as it’s surrounded by wetlands.”
“Tied up at the quay were a couple of sleek black powerboats, and as Shelby saw them, she shot a worried glance at Laura.”
“He spoke never a word to the footman, who stood by the gate on the quay, which is always open by day.”
“The quay was a solid line of smart boutiques and casual but expensive restaurants; under the famous orange awning of Senequier, the beautiful people who sipped aperitifs were better dressed than the patrons of the Ritz bar in Paris.”
“The depth of water along the principal quay, which is being constructed of solid concrete, and is connected with the shore by an iron and steel viaduct over 750 ft. in length -- which is already completed -- will be 19 ft. at low water and 25 ft. at high.”
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“And once ... twice ... and again, the cannon on the quay are answering.”
“The incident of the beggar on the quay was another scar.”
“On the quay was a big notice: "All officers to report at once to the M.L.O.”
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