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.
Other definitions for dry-dock (2 of 2)
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
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How to use dry dock in a sentence
As a storm approaches, the two main navigation gates will float and swing out of dry docks to close the channel.Texas’s 82-foot-tall storm-gate plan may have some gaping holes | Purbita Saha | June 15, 2021 | Popular-Science
For convenience in holding the boat when it is out of the water, make a dry dock as shown in the drawing.Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop | Harris W. Moore
A careful measurement was made in the dry dock, and all was found correct.Artificial and Natural Flight | Hiram S. Maxim
He had her temporarily repaired, under his own directions, at Port Mahon, but went to Toulon to have her put in dry dock.Twelve Naval Captains | Molly Elliot Seawell
The steamer was then put into dry dock, cut in two and the parts slid apart.A Century of Sail and Steam on the Niagara River | Barlow Cumberland
Chicora was put in dry dock at Kingston in the winter of 1904 and largely replated at an expense of $37,000.A Century of Sail and Steam on the Niagara River | Barlow Cumberland
British Dictionary definitions for 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
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
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