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 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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  • dry dock — ˌdry ˈdock noun [countable, uncountable] an enclosed place used for repairing or building ships, from which the water can be pumped in and out: • We were towed to a dry dock in New York. • The ship is in dry dock for an overhaul. * * * dry dock… …   Financial and business terms

  • Dry dock — Dry Dry (dr[imac]), a. [Compar. {Drier}; superl. {Driest}.] [OE. dru[yogh]e, druye, drie, AS. dryge; akin to LG. dr[ o]ge, D. droog, OHG. trucchan, G. trocken, Icel. draugr a dry log. Cf. {Drought}, {Drouth}, 3d {Drug}.] 1. Free from moisture;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry-dock — dry′ dock v. t. 1) naut. navig. to place (a ship) in a dry dock 2) naut. navig. (of a ship) to go into a dry dock • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • Dry dock — (Naut.) See under {Dock}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dry dock — n. a dock from which the water can be emptied, used for building and repairing ships: see FLOATING (DRY) DOCK …   English World dictionary

  • dry dock — dry docks N COUNT A dry dock is a dock from which water can be removed so that ships or boats can be built or repaired …   English dictionary

  • dry-dock — [drī′däk΄] vt., vi. to place or go into a dry dock …   English World dictionary

  • dry dock — n a place where a ship can be taken out of the water for repairs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dry dock — dry ,dock noun count a place where a ship or boat can be taken out of the water and repaired …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dry dock — dry′ dock n. naut. navig. a structure able to contain a ship, leaving all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, or construction • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

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