dock

1
[dok]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to come or go into a dock or dry dock.
(of two space vehicles) to join together in outer space.

Nearby words

  1. docherty,
  2. docile,
  3. docilely,
  4. docility,
  5. docimacy,
  6. dock worker,
  7. dock-walloper,
  8. dockage,
  9. docken,
  10. docker

Origin of dock

1
1505–15; < Middle Dutch doc(ke)

Can be confuseddoc dockdock harbor pier wharf

dock

2
[dok]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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 dock

2
1300–50; Middle English dok, Old English -docca, in fingirdoccana (genitive plural) finger muscles; cognate with Frisian dok, Low German docke bundle, Icelandic dokkur stumpy tail, Middle High German tocke bundle, sheaf

dock

3
[dok]

noun

the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.

Origin of dock

3
1580–90; perhaps < Dutch dok (dial. sense) cage, poultry pen, rabbit hutch

dock

4
[dok]

noun

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 dock

4
before 1000; Middle English dokke, Old English docce; cognate with Middle Dutch docke, Middle High German tocke

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British Dictionary definitions for dock

dock

1

noun

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

verb

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

Word Origin for dock

C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

noun

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

verb (tr)

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

Word Origin for dock

C14: dok, of uncertain origin

noun

an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial

Word Origin for dock

C16: from Flemish dok sty

noun

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 for dock

Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha

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Word Origin and History for dock
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Idioms and Phrases with dock

dock

see in the dock.

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