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dry-dock

[drahy-dok]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
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Origin of dry-dock

First recorded in 1880–85

dry dock

noun
  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.
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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

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