What’s the difference between pier and quay?

                                                                   Pier vs. quay

Basically, the two terms are quite similar and can be easily interchangeable, but we can draw some differences:

-Pier /pɪər/

A pier is a platform (typically a wooden structure) extending from a shore over navigable water and supported by piles or pillars, for use as landing place (providing access to ships or boats), promenade, etc.









-Quay /ki:/

A quay is also a landing place (made of concrete, stone, wood, etc.) usually built parallel to the shoreline and beside navigable water at a harbour or river for the loading and unloading of ships.




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