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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.
The project will provide improved visitor access for the Skagit Boat Tour, safer boat fueling facilities, reduced impact of snowfall on boats, consolidated barge landings, and improved dry docks.
The cabinet intervened again to solve the ongoing problem of floating hotels, as the River Transport Authority has wanted to stipulate that the hotels be pulled out of the water onto dry docks so as to ensure their suitability for navigation.
This document included a "Statement of Values" that described the dry docks value as $13.
Because the original place had dry docks and riverside berths.
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.
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Summary: Muscat: The state-owned Oman Dry Dock (ODC), which has two large dry docks in Duqm, .