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 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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  • Graving dock — Graving Grav ing, n. [From {Grave} to clean.] The act of cleaning a ship s bottom. [1913 Webster] {Graving dock}. (Naut.) See under Dock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graving dock — noun another term for dry dock. Origin C19: graving from grave4 …   English new terms dictionary

  • graving dock — noun a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline • Syn: ↑dry dock, ↑drydock • Hypernyms: ↑dock, ↑dockage, ↑docking facility • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • graving dock — noun Date: 1840 dry dock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • graving dock — Naut. an excavated shore dry dock for the repair and maintenance of ships. [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • graving dock — /ˈgreɪvɪŋ dɒk/ (say grayving dok) noun → dry dock. {grave4 + dock1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Graving Dock at Red Hook — The Graving Dock at Red Hook is located at the Todd Shipyards in Red Hook, Brooklyn. [http://www.saveindustrialbrooklyn.org/red hook.html] It is considered eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.… …   Wikipedia

  • Captain Cook Graving Dock — noun a dry dock in Sydney Harbour, NSW, south east of the Harbour Bridge, built 1941–44; one of the largest in the world …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • Graving — Grav ing, n. [From {Grave} to clean.] The act of cleaning a ship s bottom. [1913 Webster] {Graving dock}. (Naut.) See under Dock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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