docking docking n. 1. (Naut.) a act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes or anchors.

Syn: mooring, tying up, dropping anchor. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Astronautics) the coming together and joining of two space vehicles. The joining usually is accomplished by bringing special connecting devices, the docking ports, into contact, and fastening the ships together by clamping devices. The docking ports are often fitted so as to allow a passage to be opened between the two space vehciles, and thus to permit transfer of materials or personnel between them. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • docking — /ˈdɔkin(g), ingl. ˈdHkɪŋ/ [vc. ingl., da to dock «attraccare», da dock «bacino»] s. m. inv. (di veicoli spaziali) aggancio in volo, aggancio …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

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  • Docking — Dọ|cking, das; s, s [engl. docking, zu: to dock, ↑ docken (2)]: Ankoppelung eines Raumfahrzeuges an ein anderes. * * * Dọ|cking, das; s, s [engl. docking, zu: to dock, 2↑docken (2)]: Ankoppelung eines Raumfahrzeuges an ein anderes …   Universal-Lexikon

  • docking — Synonyms and related words: Earth insertion, LEM, LM, apogee, attitude control rocket, ballistic capsule, burn, capsule, debarkation, deep space ship, disembarkation, disembarkment, docking maneuver, dropping anchor, ferry rocket, fuel ship,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Docking — Dock Dock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Docked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Docking}.] [See {Dock} a tail. Cf. W. tociaw, and twciaw, to dock, clip.] 1. to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • docking — adj. Docking is used with these nouns: ↑bay …   Collocations dictionary

  • Docking — Do|cking das; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. docking> Ankoppelung eines Raumfahrzeugs an ein anderes (z. B. einer Versorgungsrakete an die Raumstation) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • docking — Adv. Extremely. E.g. It was a docking big car, the size of a bus, and certainly not suitable for town driving …   English slang and colloquialisms

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