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QUAY, estates. A wharf at which to load or land goods, sometimes spelled key.
     2. In its enlarged sense the word quay, means the whole space between the first row of houses of a city, and the sea or river 5 L. R. 152, 215. So much of the quay as is requisite for the public use of loading and unloading vessels, is public property, and cannot be appropriated to private use, but the rest may be, private property. Id. 201.

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The marshal made no attempt to force that barrier and returned up the quay.
The whole French court ran to the harbor, while the quays and jetties were soon covered by crowds of people.
Keeping in the shadows of the great monoliths that line the Avenue of Quays of sleeping Aaanthor, he approached the plaza.
Then Thar Ban vaulted to the back of his thoat, Thuvia of Ptarth still in his arms, and with a savage cry of triumph disappeared down the black canyon of the Avenue of Quays between the sullen palaces of forgotten Aaanthor.
Central Quay, on the site of Brains Brewery in the centre of Cardiff, would see more than 2.
Summary: Sydney [Australia], Feb 13 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a ten-storey building at Sydney's Circular Quay on Tuesday, sending plumes of black smoke across the city.
To realize a floor, An open or closed front wall will have to be built at a certain distance before the current quay wall (caissons).
Vessels of every kind were built at Scotswood, Elswick, Newcastle, Gateshead, St Peters, High Walker, Low Walker, Wallsend, Hebburn, Jarrow, Willington Quay, Howdon, Coble Dean, North Shields, South Shields, and here at Bill Quay.
Currently the all-weather boat at New Quay also serves areas including Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Aberporth.
Quay wall lifespan depends on the quay wall type, design and construction standard regulations and quality; and safety terms, which were applied during the design, construction and exploitation [1-3].
KT TUNSTALL is to front a special TV show of highlights from BBC Radio Scotland's live music programme The Quay Sessions.