dry dock

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  1. 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.

Origin of dry dock

First recorded in 1620–30

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Other definitions for dry-dock (2 of 2)

[ drahy-dok ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to place (a ship) in a dry dock.

verb (used without object)
  1. (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

  1. 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

  1. to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock

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