Quay meaning

kē, kā, kwā
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The definition of a quay is a wharf or platform built into the water and used to load or unload ships or other sea vessels.

A concrete or stone dock for loading boats is an example of a quay.

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A wharf or reinforced bank for the loading or unloading of ships or boats.
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A wharf, usually of concrete or stone, for use in loading and unloading ships.
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(nautical) A stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels; a wharf.
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To land or tie up at a quay or similar structure, especially used in the phrase "quay up".
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Origin of quay

  • Middle English keye from Old North French cai of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum (“enclosure"), from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (“pen, enclosure") (compare Welsh cae (“hedge")).

    From Wiktionary