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

dry dock


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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Related Words for dry-dock

dockyard, shipyard

Examples from the Web for dry-dock

Historical Examples of dry-dock

  • The sinking is brought about by filling the dry-dock with water.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • A dry-dock is usually constructed with gates, to admit or shut out the tide.

    Man on the Ocean

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • There's a lot of you who will have to go into dry-dock before long and get patched up.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • All of them had been killed except one or two who were in dry-dock for repairs.

  • “I run her into dry-dock down to the city for repairs,” he said quietly.

    Captain Pott's Minister

    Francis L. Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for dry-dock

dry dock


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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