- 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
Examples from the Web for docking
The following year, its vessel was blocked from docking in Portugal by two Portuguese Navy warships sent by the government.Vessel's Dr. Rebecca Gomperts on Providing Abortions to Women in International Waters
March 9, 2014
The small light flashed green, and I pulled the bike out of the docking station.I Tried New York’s Bike-Sharing Program. And I Liked It!
May 29, 2013
But in certain parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn the infrastructure is starting to appear, mostly in the form of docking stations.Pro-Cyclical
May 8, 2013
Several workers were injured when they jumped into the water to try to stop a massive car ferry from docking.Occupy Coal Mine: Sardinian Miners Barricade Themselves Underground
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 28, 2012
It's the most senseless thing in the world, this docking fashion.Beautiful Joe
One of them was docking us boys of our due allowance of sugar.Johnny Ludlow, Second Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
On this day while the tug-boat was docking us there he stood, white with rage.The Flying Bo'sun
In docking lambs we have had the best success when the sign was at Taurus, Neck.Total Per Cent Lambing Rules
There is a skill of a very high order in docking an Atlantic liner at Liverpool.Yachting Vol. 1
- 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 docking
"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 docking
see in the dock.