from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wharf or reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To furnish with quays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a quay or quays.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline


Middle English keye, from Old North French cai, of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Northern French cai, from Old French chai (modern French: quai). (Wiktionary)



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