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dock 1

a. A platform extending from a shore over water, used to secure, protect, and provide access to a boat or ship; a pier.
b. docks An area along a commercial waterfront having docks or piers.
c. The area of water between two piers or alongside a pier that receives a vessel for loading, unloading, or repairs: The boat moved slowly into the dock.
2. A floating platform attached to a mooring and used as a rest or play area when swimming.
3. A platform or door at which trucks or trains load or unload cargo.
4. Computers See docking station.
v. docked, dock·ing, docks
1. To maneuver (a vessel or vehicle) into or next to a dock.
2. To couple (two or more spacecraft, for example) in space.
To move or come into or next to a dock.

[Early Modern English dok, area of mud in which a ship can rest at low tide, dock; akin to Middle Dutch docke, area of water between two piers or alongside a pier, of unknown origin.]

dock 2

1. The solid or fleshy part of an animal's tail.
2. The tail of an animal after it has been bobbed or clipped.
tr.v. docked, dock·ing, docks
1. To clip short or cut off (an animal's tail, for example).
2. To deprive of a benefit or a part of one's wages, especially as a punishment: The company docks its employees for unauthorized absences.
3. To withhold or deduct a part from (one's salary or wages).

[Middle English dok.]

dock 3

A demarcated or enclosed space where the defendant stands or sits in a court of law.
in the dock
On trial or under intense scrutiny.

[Obsolete Flemish docke, cage.]

dock 4

See sorrel1.

[Middle English, from Old English docce.]


1. (Nautical Terms) the act of mooring (a vessel) at a dock or (of a vessel) being moored at a dock
2. (Biochemistry) (in molecular biology) a method which predicts the preferred orientation of one molecule to a second when bound to each other to form a stable complex
3. (Astronautics) (of two spacecraft) the act of linking together in space


(Veterinary Science) the removal of the tail or part of the tail of an animal by cutting through the bone
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.docking - the act of securing an arriving vessel with ropesdocking - the act of securing an arriving vessel with ropes
arrival - the act of arriving at a certain place; "they awaited her arrival"


A. N [of spacecraft] → atraque m, acoplamiento m
B. CPD docking manoeuvre, docking maneuver (US) Nmaniobra f de atraque


n (Space) → Docking nt (spec), → Ankoppelung f


docking manoeuvre
n (Space) → (An)koppelungsmanöver nt
docking station
(Space) → (Welt)raumstation f
(for digital camera) → Dockingstation f
docking techniques
pl (Space) → (An)koppelungstechnik f
docking time
nLiegezeit f


[ˈdɒkɪŋ] n
a. (of animals) → taglio della coda
b. (of space vehicle) → aggancio
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