What does dock mean?

Definitions for dockdɒk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dock.

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"


  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

  11. Origin: [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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kim Stegeman of Squamish Terminals:

    There was a ship at the dock but it did not catch fire.

  2. Dave Shiflett:

    Donald Trump speaks like a guy down at the loading dock.

  3. Cesare Bulgheroni:

    We didn't have those people in the dock. There was only Schettino.

  4. Arthur Goldberg:

    If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.

  5. Christoph Horstel:

    I spoke to the coordinator of the ship and he said it is sure we will dock in the port.

Images & Illustrations of dock

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Translations for dock

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قفص الاتهامArabic
  • орязвам, репей, лапад, док, подсъдима скамейка, подрязвамBulgarian
  • lopuch, šťovík, dok, lavice obžalovaných, srazit, přistátCzech
  • kupierenGerman
  • acoplamiento, desrabotar, descolar, desrabar, muelleSpanish
  • nasaBasque
  • takiainen, hännäntynkä, kiinnityskohta, typistää, leikata, telakoida, liittäminen, piste, tokka, alentaa, kiinnittyä, telakka, puoli, satama-allas, vähentää, telakoitua, telakointi, hierakka, hännäntyvi, pollari, aitioFinnish
  • darse, socleFrench
  • stáisiún nasctha, copóg, leaba nascthaIrish
  • מעגן, עגןHebrew
  • dokkHungarian
  • ドック, 羊蹄, 船渠, 牛蒡, 酸葉Japanese
  • paewhenua, paenehua, runa, wāpuMāori
  • klit, dok, beklaagdenbank, couperenDutch
  • стыковка, док, щавель, причалRussian
  • kuperaSwedish
  • 码头Chinese

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