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Princeton's WordNet

  1. docknoun

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

  2. dock, sorrel, sour grassnoun

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

  3. pier, wharf, wharfage, docknoun

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

  4. dock, loading docknoun

    a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded

  5. dock, dockage, docking facilitynoun

    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. docknoun

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

  7. bobtail, bob, dockverb

    a short or shortened tail of certain animals

  8. dockverb

    come into dock

    "the ship docked"

  9. dockverb

    deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty

  10. dockverb

    deduct from someone's wages

  11. dock, tail, bobverb

    remove or shorten the tail of an animal

  12. dockverb

    maneuver into a dock

    "dock the ships"


  1. Docknoun

    or nickname.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Docknoun

    The cup of the flower consists of six leaves, three large, and red; the other three lesser, and green: in the middle of the cup are placed six stamina. The three outer small leaves of the cup fall away, when ripe; but the three inner large leaves join together, and form a triangular covering, in the middle of which are contained three shining cornered seeds. The species are seventeen, ten of which grow wild, several of them being used in medicine; and the sort called the oriental burdock, is said to be the true rhubarb. Philip Miller

    Etymology: docca, Saxon.

    Nothing teems
    But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs,
    Losing both beauty and utility. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    My love for gentle Dermot faster grows
    Than yon tall dock that rises to thy nose:
    Cut down the dock, ’twill sprout again; but know
    Love rooted out, again will never grow. Jonathan Swift.

  2. DOCKnoun

    The stump of the tail, which remains after docking.

    The tail of a great rhinoceros is not well described by Bontius. The dock is about half an inch thick, and two inches broad, like an apothecary’s spatula. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

  3. Docknoun

    A place where water is let in or out at pleasure, where ships are built or laid up.

    Etymology: As some imagine of δοχεῖον.

    There are docks for their gallies and men of war, most of them full; as well as work-houses for all land and naval preparations. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  4. To Dockverb

    Etymology: from dock, a tail.

    One or two stood constant centry, who docked all favours handed down; and spread a huge invisible net between the prince and subject, through which nothing of value could pass. Jonathan Swift, Examiner, №. 19.


  1. DOCK

    The program UCSF DOCK was created in the 1980s by Irwin "Tack" Kuntz's Group, and was the first docking program. DOCK uses geometric algorithms to predict the binding modes of small molecules. Brian K. Shoichet, David A. Case, and Robert C.Rizzo are codevelopers of DOCK. Two versions of the docking program are actively developed: DOCK 6 and DOCK 3. Ligand sampling methods used by the program DOCK include. Rigid docking: shape matching, uses spheres placed in the pocket and performs bipartite matching between those spheres and the molecule (all versions). Flexible ligand is accounted for using the following methods: an algorithm called anchor and grow (v4-v6), and hierarchical docking of databases (v3.5-3.7).A molecular dynamics engine was implemented into DOCK v6 by David A. Case's Group in the scoring function AMBER score. This ability accounts for receptor flexibility and allows for rank ordering by energetic ensembles in the docking calculations.


  1. dock

    A dock is a structure that is built over the water, often at the edge of a harbor or port, where ships, boats, or cargo can be loaded or unloaded. It can also refer to a platform for loading trucks or trains. In addition, dock also refers to a specific area where charges or suits are brought, especially in a court room, or a place where an accused person sit in a court.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Docknoun

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

  2. Docknoun

    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. Docknoun

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

  4. Dockverb

    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. Dockverb

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

  6. Dockverb

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

  7. Docknoun

    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. Docknoun

    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. Docknoun

    the place in court where a criminal or accused person stands

  10. Dockverb

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

  11. Etymology: [See Dock a tail. Cf. W. tociaw, and twciaw, to dock, clip.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dock

    dok, n. a troublesome weed with large leaves and a long root.—n. Dock′-cress, the nipplewort. [A.S. docce; perh. from Gael. dogha, a burdock.]

  2. Dock

    dok, v.t. to cut short: to curtail: to cut off: to clip.—n. the part of a tail left after clipping. [Prob. W. tocio, to cut short; or Old Ice. dockr, a stumpy tail.]

  3. Dock

    dok, n. an enclosure or artificial basin near a harbour or river, for the reception of vessels: the box in court where the accused stands: in a railway station, the place of arrival and departure of a train.—v.t. to place in a dock.—ns. Dock′age, accommodation in docks for ships: dock-dues; Dock′er, one who works in the docks; Dock′-mas′ter, the person superintending a dock; Dock′-warr′ant, a warehouse receipt; Dock′yard, a naval establishment with docks, building-slips, stores, &c.; Dry′-dock, a dock which can be laid dry by dock-gates, pumping, &c.—also called Grav′ing-dock, because suitable for cleaning or graving the sides and bottoms of ships; Float′ing-dock, a dock which floats in the water, but can by pumping out its hollow sides be raised high in the water with any ship that has been floated into it, and then emptied of water by further pumping; Wet′-dock, a dock maintaining a level nearly uniform with that of high water. [Old Dut. dokke; perh. from Low L. doga, a canal—Gr. dochē, a receptacle—dechesthai, to receive.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DOCK

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dock

    An artificial receptacle for shipping, in which they can discharge or take in cargo, and refit.--A dry dock is a broad and deep trench, formed on the side of a harbour, or on the banks of a river, and commodiously fitted either to build ships in or to receive them to be repaired or breamed. They have strong flood-gates, to prevent the flux of the tide from entering while the ship is under repair. There are likewise docks where a ship can only be cleaned during the recess of the tide, as she floats again on the return of the flood. Docks of the latter kind are not furnished with the usual flood-gates; but the term is also used for what is more appropriately called a float (which see). Also, in polar parlance, an opening cut out of an ice-floe, into which a ship is warped for security.

Editors Contribution

  1. dock

    A dock is the body of water that a boat or ship is parked in, which is next to a pier or wharf.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 2, 2022  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DOCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dock is ranked #17274 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dock surname appeared 1,639 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dock.

    53.3% or 875 total occurrences were White.
    33.4% or 548 total occurrences were Black.
    7% or 115 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.7% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 38 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dock in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dock in a Sentence

  1. John Babcock:

    On my drive home, I probably pass seven or eight manufacturers that have one of our products outside their shipping dock door and it's primarily because they don't want drivers entering their building for deliveries.

  2. Sandy Fielden:

    Whenever we talk about these numbers, the issues are not just of pure dock capacity. For China, the more important issue for them is the size of vessel that you can load. (Of) all of the main (U.S.) regions where loading is occurring, none can load a VLCC directly.

  3. Charles Morgan:

    We were actually hanging some pictures at the restaurant today, and one of them was made when I was a year and a half old on the dock.

  4. Matt Wilson:

    Our house had windows blow out... and the whole house was shaking like a boat on the water. It was scary man, it really was, our dock is obviously gone. Everything on the ground floor is gone.

  5. Van Der Klaauw:

    We had wanted to use ports, vessels which try to dock in Aden. But since the pause didn't take place, we still have a big problem that aid is not reachable by sea.

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  • قفص الاتهامArabic
  • подрязвам, подсъдима скамейка, док, лапад, орязвам, репейBulgarian
  • lavice obžalovaných, dok, šťovík, srazit, přistát, lopuchCzech
  • kupierenGerman
  • muelle, desrabar, acoplamiento, descolar, desrabotarSpanish
  • nasaBasque
  • leikata, takiainen, puoli, satama-allas, hännäntynkä, kiinnityskohta, aitio, telakka, typistää, pollari, hännäntyvi, kiinnittyä, alentaa, tokka, hierakka, piste, vähentää, telakoitua, telakointi, liittäminen, telakoidaFinnish
  • socle, darseFrench
  • copóg, leaba nasctha, stáisiún nascthaIrish
  • עגן, מעגןHebrew
  • dokkHungarian
  • dermagaIndonesian
  • moloItalian
  • 船渠, ドック, 牛蒡, 酸葉, 羊蹄Japanese
  • Korean
  • paewhenua, wāpu, paenehua, runaMāori
  • beklaagdenbank, dok, klit, couperenDutch
  • стыковка, док, щавель, причалRussian
  • kuperaSwedish
  • rıhtımTurkish
  • bến tàuVietnamese
  • 码头Chinese

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