wharf/pier/dock/harbor/port

quietdandelion

Banned
Formosa/Chinese
Another popular spot in San Francisco is Fisherman's Wharf.


In my dictionary, wharf is synonymous with "pier; dock; harbor; port" and I have googled all of the photos of these words. It seems to me that they are really the same. Am I right? Thanks.
 
  • The Slippery Slide

    Senior Member
    British English
    I'm hazy on some of the differences too, but a pier is a long walkway extending into the sea. Sometimes it is a place for people to walk, sit or fish. Sometimes, boats leave from it. It's not the same as the other words.

    I'm guessing now. A dock is a spot where individual boats stop, while a harbor is the whole docking area. I guess that a port is a harbor that is used for trade. Port is also used to describe a town or city that has a trading harbor.

    I have no evidence to back this up, but I know that there are definite differences, even if I can't put my finger on them right now.

    As for wharf, I think it is most similar to pier, but is maybe smaller.
     
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