Balance dock
Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, -- used for the reception of vessels, and provided with gates for keeping in or shutting out the tide. [1913 Webster]

2. The slip or water way extending between two piers or projecting wharves, for the reception of ships; -- sometimes including the piers themselves; as, to be down on the dock. [1913 Webster]

3. The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands. [1913 Webster]

{Balance dock}, a kind of {floating dock} which is kept level by pumping water out of, or letting it into, the compartments of side chambers.

{Dry dock}, a dock from which the water may be shut or pumped out, especially, one in the form of a chamber having walls and floor, often of masonry and communicating with deep water, but having appliances for excluding it; -- used in constructing or repairing ships. The name includes structures used for the examination, repairing, or building of vessels, as graving docks, floating docks, hydraulic docks, etc.

{Floating dock}, a dock which is made to become buoyant, and, by floating, to lift a vessel out of water.

{Graving dock}, a dock for holding a ship for graving or cleaning the bottom, etc.

{Hydraulic dock}, a dock in which a vessel is raised clear of the water by hydraulic presses.

{Naval dock}, a dock connected with which are naval stores, materials, and all conveniences for the construction and repair of ships.

{Sectional dock}, a form of {floating dock} made in separate sections or caissons.

{Slip dock}, a dock having a sloping floor that extends from deep water to above high-water mark, and upon which is a railway on which runs a cradle carrying the ship.

{Wet dock}, a dock where the water is shut in, and kept at a given level, to facilitate the loading and unloading of ships; -- also sometimes used as a place of safety; a basin. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dock — Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the reception of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dock — (engl.), großes, gemauertes Wasserbecken, durch Tore oder Schleusen vom Fahrwasser aus zugänglich, zur Aufnahme von Schiffen. Nasse D. dienen als Häfen, zum Löschen und Laden, haben infolge des Wasserabschlusses auch zur Ebbezeit hinreichend… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dry dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Floating dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Graving dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hydraulic dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Naval dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sectional dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slip dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wet dock — Dock Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ? receptacle, fr. ? to receive.] 1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, used for the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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