- a landing pier.
- the space or waterway between two piers or wharves, as for receiving a ship while in port.
- such a waterway, enclosed or open, together with the surrounding piers, wharves, etc.
- dry dock.
- a platform for loading and unloading trucks, railway freight cars, etc.
- an airplane hangar or repair shed.
- Also called scene dock. a place in a theater near the stage or beneath the floor of the stage for the storage of scenery.
- to bring (a ship or boat) into a dock; lay up in a dock.
- to place in dry dock, as for repairs, cleaning, or painting.
- to join (a space vehicle) with another or with a space station in outer space.
- to come or go into a dock or dry dock.
- (of two space vehicles) to join together in outer space.
Origin of dock1
- the solid or fleshy part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair.
- the part of a tail left after cutting or clipping.
- to cut off the end of; cut short: to dock a tail.
- to cut short the tail of: to dock a horse.
- to deduct from the wages of, usually as a punishment: The boss docked him a day's pay.
- to deduct from (wages): The boss docked his paycheck $20.
Origin of dock2
- the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.
- in the dock, being tried in a court, especially a criminal court; on trial.
Origin of dock3
- any of various weedy plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, as R. obtusifolius (bitter dock) or R. acetosa (sour dock), having long taproots.
- any of various other plants, mostly coarse weeds.
Origin of dock4
Examples from the Web for dock
Once the ships that rescued them dock at port, they disembark.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Lupher says the Carnival Magic tried to land in Cozumel, but that the Mexican authorities blocked them from the dock.Inside the Cruise Ship Quarantined Over Ebola Fear
October 17, 2014
As he was taken down from the dock to be driven to prison he was downcast, as anyone would be who was publicly sacrificed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
And this capsule will be able to dock itself, without needing the ISS to grab ahold and guide it in.SpaceX’s Dragon V2 Will Land Exactly Where It Wants To
May 30, 2014
We have a beautiful house where in the morning you can sit on the dock and see the sun rise and at night you watch the sun set.‘The Good Wife’s Christine Baranski on Life After Will Gardner’s Death
April 21, 2014
I reckon that if Dock had stayed in Chicago a week he'd have had everybody crazy.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
I think sometimes that I see you yourself in the dock, Master Helstrop.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Then do you want to go back and stay on the dock and starve?
It even explained why he had expected Malone to place him in charge of the dock.
Purplish shadows had already begun to dim the tug and dock and ocean.
- a wharf or pier
- a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships
- an area of water that can accommodate a ship and can be closed off to allow regulation of the water level
- short for dry dock
- short for scene dock
- mainly US and Canadian a platform from which lorries, goods trains, etc, are loaded and unloaded
- to moor (a vessel) at a dock or (of a vessel) to be moored at a dock
- to put (a vessel) into a dry dock for repairs or (of a vessel) to come into a dry dock
- (of two spacecraft) to link together in space or link together (two spacecraft) in space
- the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
- the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off
- to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the boneto dock a tail; to dock a horse
- to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc)they docked a third of his wages
- an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
- any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
- any of several similar or related plants
Word Origin and History for dock
"ship's berth," late 15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German docke, perhaps ultimately (via Late Latin *ductia "aqueduct") from Latin ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)); or possibly from a Scandinavian word for "low ground" (cf. Norwegian dokk "hollow, low ground"). Original sense perhaps "furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank." As a verb from 1510s. Related: Docked; docking.
"where accused stands in court," 1580s, originally rogue's slang, from Flemish dok "pen or cage for animals," origin unknown.
"cut an animal's tail," late 14c., from dok (n.) "fleshy part of an animal's tail" (mid-14c.), related to Old English -docca "muscle," from Proto-Germanic *dokko "something round, bundle" (cf. Old Norse dokka "bundle, girl," Danish dukke "doll," German Docke "small column, bundle, doll, smart girl"). Meaning "to reduce (someone's) pay for some infraction" is first recorded 1822. Related: Docked; docking.
name for various tall, coarse weeds, Old English docce, from Proto-Germanic *dokkon (cf. Middle Dutch docke-, German Docken-, Old Danish dokka), akin to Middle High German tocke "bundle, tuft," and ultimately to the noun source of dock (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with dock
see in the dock.