American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The use of wharves or a wharf.
- n. The charges for this usage.
- n. A group of wharves.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Provision of or accommodation at wharves; berthage at a wharf: as, the city had abundant wharfage; to find wharfage for a ship.
- n. Charge or payment for the use of a wharf; the charges or receipts for accommodation at a wharf or at wharves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The fee or duty paid for the privilege of using a wharf for loading or unloading goods; pierage, collectively; quayage.
- n. A wharf or wharfs, collectively; wharfing.
- n. a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
- n. a fee charged for the use of a wharf or quay
- wharf + -age (Wiktionary)
“The agreement ensures that New Millennium will have the right to export its products over the SIPA owned dock at Sept-Iles at competitive and established long term wharfage rates.”
“Then there was a clamorous demand for "wharfage," and the hackman charged half a dollar for taking me a quarter of a mile.”
“Since the arrival of container ships in the 1960s, with their need for giant cranes and open acres of wharfage, the 43 deepwater "finger piers" of San Francisco's northeastern waterfront have largely become an anachronism.”
“By 1900, Cardiff was exporting 5 million tons of coal annually from more than 14 miles of seething dockside wharfage.”
“Then there was a clamorous demand for “wharfage,” and the hackman charged half a dollar for taking me a quarter of a mile.”
“First, that all marchants of the sayd kingdomes and countreys may come into our kingdome of England, and any where else into our dominion with their marchandises whatsoeuer safely and securely vnder our defence and protection without paying wharfage, pontage, or pannage.”
“The Truro-men also receive several duties collected in Falmouth, particularly wharfage for the merchandises landed or shipped off; but let these advantages be what they will, the town of Falmouth has gotten the trade — at least, the best part of it — from the other, which is chiefly owing to the situation.”
“The merchants of Truro formerly used it for the place of lading and unlading their ships, as the merchants of Exeter did at Topsham; and this is the more probable in that, as above, the wharfage of those landing-places is still the property of the corporation of”
“Ports policy and improving the overall competitiveness of freight and wharfage charges”
“High telephone charges, wharfage costs, freight delays and an outdated rolling stock all push up the costs of business, directly reducing the profitability of companies and discouraging investment.”
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