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dry dock

A large dock in the form of a basin that can be pumped free of water, used for building a ship or for making repairs below a vessel's water line.

dry dock

(Civil Engineering) a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
(Nautical Terms) to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock

dry′ dock`

a structure able to contain a ship, leaving all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, or construction.


1. to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
2. (of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
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Noun1.dry dock - a large dock from which water can be pumped outdry dock - a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline
docking facility, dockage, dock - 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"
floating dock, floating dry dock - dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised
shipyard - a workplace where ships are built or repaired
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It matters not what stranded ships repairing in dry docks I lost myself among, what old hulls of ships in course of being knocked to pieces, what ooze and slime and other dregs of tide, what yards of ship-builders and ship-breakers, what rusty anchors blindly biting into the ground though for years off duty, what mountainous country of accumulated casks and timber, how many rope-walks that were not the Old Green Copper.
It is true, we are such poor navigators that our thoughts, for the most part, stand off and on upon a harborless coast, are conversant only with the bights of the bays of poesy, or steer for the public ports of entry, and go into the dry docks of science, where they merely refit for this world, and no natural currents concur to individualize them.
The engineers visited the Scotia, which was put in dry dock.
A hulk came along- side, took our cargo, and then we went into dry dock to get our copper stripped.
He noted that Al-Duqm Economic zone also included a dry dock which is run by the South Korean Daewoo company, specialized in operating dry docks.
Workers look on as one of the biggest ships to berth at Cardiff dry docks noses her way |in for painting and repairs in May 1967.
When I first started out in the marine business in the North East in the 1980's there were 27 dry docks in the region.
Given the robust demand for its four VLCC dry docks in Phase I, the Group intends to build another three dry docks on the Phase II site, of which two will be 150,000 dwt capacity (dimensions of 255 metres by 52 metres by minus 8 metres), while the third will be a dedicated offshore dry dock (dimensions 255 metres by 110 metres by minus 12 metres depth) for offshore rig-building, upgrades and repairs.
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Summary: Muscat: The state-owned Oman Dry Dock (ODC), which has two large dry docks in Duqm, .
The complex consists of two dry docks, (410) meters long, (95) meters and (80) meters wide with a quay of (2800) meters long and (453,000) square meters for repair areas.