Definitions for: Dock

[n] a short or shortened tail of certain animals
[n] the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
[n] 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"
[n] an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
[n] a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
[n] a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
[n] any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
[v] haul into a dock; "dock the ships"
[v] remove or shorten the tail of an animal
[v] come into dock, as of a ship
[v] deduct from someone's wages
[v] deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty

Webster (1913) Definition: Dock (d[o^]k), n. [AS. docce; of uncertain origin; cf. G.
docken-bl["a]tter, Gael. dogha burdock, OF. doque; perh. akin
to L. daucus, daucum, Gr. ?, ?, a kind of parsnip or carrot,
used in medicine. Cf. Burdock.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are
well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult
of extermination.

Note: Yellow dock is Rumex crispus, with smooth curly
leaves and yellow root, which that of other species is
used medicinally as an astringent and tonic.

Dock, n. [Cf. Icel. dockr a short tail, Fries. dok a
little bundle or bunch, G. docke bundle, skein, a short and
thick column.]
1. 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. --Grew.

2. A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a

Dock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Docked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Docking.] [See Dock a tail. Cf. W. tociaw, and twciaw, to
dock, clip.]
1. to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut
short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse.

His top was docked like a priest biforn. -- Chaucer.

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

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

Dock, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL.
doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ?
receptacle, fr. ? to receive.]
1. 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

2. 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.

3. The place in court where a criminal or accused person

Balance dock, a kind of floating dock which is kept level
by pumping water out of, or letting it into, the
compartments of side chambers.

Dry dock, a dock from which the water may be shut or pumped
out, especially, one in the form of a chamber having walls
and floor, often of masonry and communicating with deep
water, but having appliances for excluding it; -- used in
constructing or repairing ships. The name includes
structures used for the examination, repairing, or
building of vessels, as graving docks, floating docks,
hydraulic docks, etc.

Floating dock, a dock which is made to become buoyant, and,
by floating, to lift a vessel out of water.

Graving dock, a dock for holding a ship for graving or
cleaning the bottom, etc.

Hydraulic dock, a dock in which a vessel is raised clear of
the water by hydraulic presses.

Naval dock, a dock connected with which are naval stores,
materials, and all conveniences for the construction and
repair of ships.

Sectional dock, a form of floating dock made in separate
sections or caissons.

Slip dock, a dock having a sloping floor that extends from
deep water to above high-water mark, and upon which is a
railway on which runs a cradle carrying the ship.

Wet dock, a dock where the water is shut in, and kept at a
given level, to facilitate the loading and unloading of
ships; -- also sometimes used as a place of safety; a

Dock, v. t.
To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing,
cleaning the bottom, etc.

Synonyms: bob, bob, bobtail, dockage, docking facility, loading dock, pier, sorrel, sour grass, tail, wharf, wharfage

Antonyms: undock, undock

See Also: berth, bitt, bitter dock, body part, bollard, broad-leaved dock, channelise, channelize, come in, cut, deduct, deprive, direct, dry dock, drydock, enclosure, enter, French sorrel, garden sorrel, genus Rumex, get in, get into, go in, go into, graving dock, guide, harbor, harbour, haven, head, herb, herbaceous plant, landing, landing place, maneuver, manoeuvre, marina, moor, move into, platform, point, quay, recoup, Rumex, Rumex acetosa, Rumex acetosella, Rumex obtusifolius, Rumex scutatus, seaport, sheep sorrel, sheep's sorrel, shipside, sour dock, steer, tail, wharf, withhold, yellow dock

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