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.
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.
Other definitions for dock (2 of 4)
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.
Other definitions for dock (3 of 4)
the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.
Other definitions for dock (4 of 4)
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.
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How to use dock in a sentence
In Georgia this past month, citizens gave chase to trucks and staked out loading docks looking for suspicious boxes that surely contained fraudulent absentee ballots.
I decided to join in the fun by hauling out an 8-foot cast net from my boat that was hovering on a dock lift.
Not every year is a great one off our dock, but they occur frequently enough that I've tapped some of the best shrimp cast-netters in the area to learn some of their tricks.
It can be done from anchored boats, but docks and jetties where the tide flows near deep water can offer great results.
I quickly hauled on the net line, pulled it to the dock with all my strength, and dumped its contents onto the boards.
There are even electronics like iPhone and iPod docking stations and an assortment of pricey pens intended for the pontiff.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Currently only Russian rocket engines, fitted with the Russian ISS docking system, can reboost the Space Station.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space? | P. J. O’Rourke | June 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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! | Daniel Gross | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in certain parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn the infrastructure is starting to appear, mostly in the form of docking stations.
The others of the staff were already out in the docking lock in the rim, waiting to greet the replacements from the ferry.The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
There would seem to have been no serious difficulty in docking the vessel and landing the passengers.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
The captain was quite sure Winter Island had grown larger—perhaps it had, by docking out.A Little Girl in Old Salem | Amanda Minnie Douglas
For the Japanese are much given to docking their phrases, a custom the Germans might do well to adopt.The Soul of the Far East | Percival Lowell
The flying squadron has sailed after having awaited the return of the "Inconstant" from docking at Nagasaki.In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for dock (1 of 4)
a wharf or pier
a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships
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
British Dictionary definitions for dock (2 of 4)
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 bone: to 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
British Dictionary definitions for dock (3 of 4)
an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
British Dictionary definitions for dock (4 of 4)
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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dock
see in the dock.
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