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 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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  • 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.… …   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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