floating dock

noun
  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.
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floating dock

noun
  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 repairAlso called: floating dry dock
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