Floating dock
Floating Float"ing, a. 1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a wreck; floating motes in the air. [1913 Webster]

2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating ribs in man and some other animals. [1913 Webster]

3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as, floating capital; a floating debt. [1913 Webster]

Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been withdrawn in great masses from the island. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Floating anchor} (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.

{Floating battery} (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the bombardment of a place.

{Floating bridge}. (a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau bridge. See {Bateau}. (b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort. (c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by means of chains which are anchored on each side of a stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels being driven by stream power. (d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.

{Floating cartilage} (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the functions of the latter.

{Floating dam}. (a) An anchored dam. (b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.

{Floating derrick}, a derrick on a float for river and harbor use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor improvements, etc.

{Floating dock}. (Naut.) See under {Dock}.

{Floating harbor}, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.

{Floating heart} (Bot.), a small aquatic plant ({Limnanthemum lacunosum}) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water of American ponds.

{Floating island}, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.

{Floating kidney}. (Med.) See {Wandering kidney}, under {Wandering}.

{Floating light}, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy or floating stage.

{Floating liver}. (Med.) See {Wandering liver}, under {Wandering}.

{Floating pier}, a landing stage or pier which rises and falls with the tide.

{Floating ribs} (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which are not connected with the others in front; in man they are the last two pairs.

{Floating screed} (Plastering), a strip of plastering first laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the coat.

{Floating threads} (Weaving), threads which span several other threads without being interwoven with them, in a woven fabric. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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

  • Floating dock — A floating dock is a platform or ramp supported by pontoons. These are usually joined to the shore with a ramp that rests upon the dock on rollers, to adjust for the vertical movement of the dock. The dock is usually held in place by vertical… …   Wikipedia

  • floating dock — floating structure which may be lowered in the water to admit a ship and then raised to keep it dry, floating dry dock …   English contemporary dictionary

  • floating dock — a submersible, floating structure used as a dry dock, having a floor that is submerged, slipped under a floating vessel, and then raised so as to raise the vessel entirely out of the water. Also called floating dry dock. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • floating dock — noun dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised • Syn: ↑floating dry dock • Hypernyms: ↑dry dock, ↑drydock, ↑graving dock …   Useful english dictionary

  • floating dock — float′ing dock′ n. naut. navig. a submersible floating structure that can raise a vessel out of the water and serve as a dry dock. Also called float′ing dry′ dock • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • floating dock — /floʊtɪŋ ˈdɒk/ (say flohting dok) noun a floating structure which may be lowered in the water to admit a ship and then raised to leave the ship dry for repairs, etc.; a floating dry dock …   Australian English dictionary

  • floating dock — noun Date: 1866 a dock that floats on the water and can be partly submerged to permit entry of a ship and raised to keep the ship high and dry called also floating drydock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • floating dock — a dock for boats which is connected to vertical poles, allowing for the rise and fall of tides …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Briton Ferry Floating Dock and Railway — Die Briton Ferry Floating Dock and Railway war eine Eisenbahngesellschaft in Südwales. Die Gesellschaft wurde am 3. Juli 1851 gegründet, um das von Isambard Kingdom Brunel errichtete Schwimmdock in Briton Ferry an das Eisenbahnnetz anzuschließen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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