Definitions for dockdɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a landing pier.

    Category: Navy

  2. the space or waterway between two piers or wharves, as for receiving a ship while in port.

    Category: Navy

  3. such a waterway, enclosed or open, together with the surrounding piers, wharves, etc.

    Category: Navy

  4. Category: Navy, Nautical

    Ref: dry dock. 1

  5. a platform for loading and unloading trucks, railway freight cars, etc.

  6. (v.t.)to bring (a ship or boat) into a dock; lay up in a dock.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  7. to place in dry dock, as for repairs or painting.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  8. to join (an orbiting space vehicle) with another spacecraft or with a space station.

    Category: Aerospace

  9. (v.i.)to come or go into a dock.

    Category: Navy

  10. (of two space vehicles) to join together while in orbit.

    Category: Aerospace

Origin of dock:

1505–15; < MD doc(ke)


  1. the solid or fleshy part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair.

  2. the part of a tail left after cutting or clipping.

  3. (v.t.)to cut off the end of; cut short:

    to dock a tail.

  4. to cut short the tail of.

  5. to deduct a part from (wages).

  6. to deduct from the wages of, usu. as a punishment.

  7. to deprive of something regularly enjoyed:

    The campers were docked for disobeying their counselor.

Origin of dock:

1300–50; ME dok, OE -docca, in fingirdoccana (gen. pl.) finger muscles; c. Fris dok, LG docke bundle, MHG tocke bundle, sheaf


  1. the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.

Origin of dock:

1580–90; perh. < D dok (dial. sense) cage, pen, hutch


  1. any of various weedy plants of the genus Rumex, buckwheat family, having a long taproot and clusters of small flowers.

    Category: Plants

Origin of dock:

bef. 1000; ME dokke, OE docce; c. MD docke, MHG tocke

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dock(noun)

    an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial

  2. dock, sorrel, sour grass(noun)

    any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine

  3. pier, wharf, wharfage, dock(noun)

    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

  4. dock, loading dock(noun)

    a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded

  5. dock, dockage, docking facility(noun)

    landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out

    "the ship arrived at the dock more than a day late"

  6. dock(noun)

    the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair

  7. bobtail, bob, dock(verb)

    a short or shortened tail of certain animals

  8. dock(verb)

    come into dock

    "the ship docked"

  9. dock(verb)

    deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty

  10. dock(verb)

    deduct from someone's wages

  11. dock, tail, bob(verb)

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  12. dock(verb)

    maneuver into a dock

    "dock the ships"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dock(noun)ɒk

    a platform sticking out from land into a body of water

    a sailboat tied up at the dock

  2. dockɒk

    the section of a port where the docks are


  1. Dock(ProperNoun)

    or nickname.

  2. Origin: Originally criminal slang; from or akin to Dutch (Flemish) dok 'cage, hutch'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dock(noun)

    a genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of extermination

  2. Dock(noun)

    the solid part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair; the stump of a tail; the part of a tail left after clipping or cutting

  3. Dock(noun)

    a case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse

  4. Dock(verb)

    to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse

  5. Dock(verb)

    to cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages

  6. Dock(verb)

    to cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail

  7. Dock(noun)

    an artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a harbor or river, -- used for the reception of vessels, and provided with gates for keeping in or shutting out the tide

  8. Dock(noun)

    the slip or water way extending between two piers or projecting wharves, for the reception of ships; -- sometimes including the piers themselves; as, to be down on the dock

  9. Dock(noun)

    the place in court where a criminal or accused person stands

  10. Dock(verb)

    to draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc


  1. Dock

    A dock is a human-made structure or group of structures involved in the handling of boats or ships, usually on or close to a shore. However, the exact meaning varies among different variants of the English language. "Dock" may also refer to a dockyard or shipyard where the loading, unloading, building, or repairing of ships occurs.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DOCK

    A place for laying up. DOCTOR One who lays you up.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3795

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dock' in Nouns Frequency: #1845

Translations for dock

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a deepened part of a harbour etc where ships go for loading, unloading, repair etc

The ship was in dock for three weeks.

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