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dock

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[ dok ]
/ dɒk /
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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.

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Origin of dock

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First recorded in 1505–15; from Middle Dutch doc(ke)
dock , harbor, pier, wharf

Definition for dock (2 of 4)

dock2
[ dok ]
/ dɒk /

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
First recorded in 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”

Definition for dock (3 of 4)

dock3
[ dok ]
/ dɒk /

noun

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

Origin of dock

3
First recorded in 1580–90; perhaps from Dutch dok (dialectal sense) “cage, poultry pen, rabbit hutch”

Definition for dock (4 of 4)

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[ dok ]
/ dɒk /

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

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First recorded 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 (1 of 4)

dock1
/ (dɒk) /

noun

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for dock (2 of 4)

dock2
/ (dɒk) /

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
C14: dok, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for dock (3 of 4)

dock3
/ (dɒk) /

noun

an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
C16: from Flemish dok sty

British Dictionary definitions for dock (4 of 4)

dock4
/ (dɒk) /

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
Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha
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Idioms and Phrases with dock

dock

see in the dock.

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