AskDefine | Define quay

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quay n : wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline

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From Old North French cai, from chai (modern French: quai).


  • kē, /kiː/, /ki:/
  • Rhymes: -iː



  1. A wharf, a stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels.

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a wharf, a stone or concrete structure on navigable water used for loading and unloading vessels
  • Chinese: 碼頭, 码头
  • Dutch: kade
  • French: quai
  • German: Kai
  • Greek: προκυμαία
  • Hebrew: מֶזַח
  • Hungarian: rakpart rakodópart
  • Japanese: 波止場
  • Korean: 부두
  • Polish: molo , nabrzeże
  • Portuguese: cais
  • Spanish: muelle

Extensive Definition

A quay, pronounced 'key', is a wharf or bank where ships and other vessels are loaded. A quay is constructed parallel to the bank of a waterway. The word is commonly used in United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and in some of the former British colonies (Eg. Queen's Quay in Toronto,Circular Quay in Sydney, Boat Quay and Clarke Quay in Singapore).
quay in Bulgarian: Кей
quay in German: Kai (Hafen)
quay in Esperanto: kajo (ŝipado)
quay in Persian: بندرگاه
quay in French: quai
quay in Japanese: 岸壁
quay in Dutch: Kade
quay in Norwegian Nynorsk: Kai
quay in Polish: Keja
quay in Russian: Пристань

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

anchorage, anchorage ground, basin, berth, breakwater, bulkhead, dock, dockage, dockyard, dry dock, embankment, groin, harbor, harborage, haven, jetty, jutty, landing, landing place, landing stage, levee, marina, mole, moorings, pier, port, protected anchorage, road, roads, roadstead, seaport, seawall, shipyard, slip, wharf
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