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.
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Examples from the Web for floating dock
Dismounting, we tied our horses to the fence and hastily constructed what the boys called a "floating-dock."The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry|Samuel H. Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for floating dock
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 repairAlso called: floating dry dock
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