floating dock

  1. a submersible, floating structure used as a dry dock, having a floor that is submerged, slipped under a floating vessel, and then raised so as to raise the vessel entirely out of the water.

Origin of floating dock

First recorded in 1865–70
  • Also called floating dry dock .

Words Nearby floating dock

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How to use floating dock in a sentence

  • Mr. Clark is now in partnership with Mr. Stanfield, and is the joint-inventor of Clark and Stanfield's circular floating dock.

  • It is a great floating dock, as it were, with a huge endless chain carrying 52 immense, 35-cubic-foot buckets.

    The Panama Canal | Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • He collided with something and found that Campbell had led toward a little floating dock where some skiffs were moored.

    The Door into Infinity | Edmond Hamilton
  • Benny was still unfurling his sail when his party came down to the floating dock the next morning.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham
  • Benny Merritt's stolid countenance grew still graver as the two drew near the floating dock.

    The Opened Shutters | Clara Louise Burnham

British Dictionary definitions for floating dock

floating dock

  1. a large boxlike structure that can be submerged to allow a vessel to enter it and then floated to raise the vessel out of the water for maintenance or repair: Also called: floating dry dock

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