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[drahy-dok] /ˈdraɪˌdɒk/
verb (used with object)
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
verb (used without object)
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
Origin of dry-dock

dry dock

a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The ramshackle ferry-boat was firmly wedged in a dry-dock of ice on the western side of the Missouri.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • A dry-dock is usually constructed with gates, to admit or shut out the tide.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • Dummy port-holes are fixed to the sides of the dry-dock for the purpose of lighting up the interior of the engine-room.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There's a lot of you who will have to go into dry-dock before long and get patched up.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Before us was the floating battery, which was formerly the New Orleans dry-dock.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • All of them had been killed except one or two who were in dry-dock for repairs.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • The old Constitution, rightly deserving the attention of the government, was put in dry-dock to be thoroughly overhauled.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • True, her bottom is coppered and you dry-dock her every year; but that's an expense.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • A lead keel is then screwed to the wooden keel, and when this is done the dry-dock can be launched.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Some of you dry-dock conservative ducks would have let it go by, but papa is nothing if not adventurous.

    The Colossus Opie Read
British Dictionary definitions for dry-dock

dry dock

a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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