wet dock

noun Nautical.

a dock accessible only around the time of high tide and entered through locks or gates.

Origin of wet dock

First recorded in 1620–30
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Examples from the Web for wet dock

  • We next docked and cleaned the ship, on the Deptford side, and then hauled into the wet-dock in which we had discharged our flour.

    Ned Myers|James Fenimore Cooper
  • A wet-dock provided with flood-gates for restraining the water, in which shipping may be kept afloat in all times of tide.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
  • A wet-dock is somewhat similar to a dry-dock, the chief difference being that ships while in it are kept floating in water.

    Man on the Ocean|R.M. Ballantyne