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noun
a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.
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Origin of dry dock

First recorded in 1620–30

Other definitions for dry dock (2 of 2)

dry-dock
[ drahy-dok ]
/ ˈdraɪˌdɒk /

verb (used with object)
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
verb (used without object)
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.

Origin of dry-dock

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for dry dock

dry dock

noun
a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
verb dry-dock
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
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