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dry dock

n.
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

n
(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
vb
(Nautical Terms) to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock

dry′ dock`


n.
a structure able to contain a ship, leaving all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, or construction.
[1620–30]

dry′-dock`



v.t.
1. to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
v.i.
2. (of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in classic literature ?
She's going to dry-dock, you see; and you can catch her as late as five to-morrow afternoon--at least, so her first officer told me.
Returning westward again, and scooping in occasional isolated magazines on the high ground back from the shore, he blew up three cruisers and the battleships Oregon, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Florida--the latter had just gone into dry-dock, and the magnificent dry-dock was destroyed along with her.
I had been appointed ex-officio by the British Consul to take charge of her after a man who had died suddenly, leaving for the guidance of his successor some suspiciously un receipted bills, a few dry-dock estimates hinting at bribery, and a quantity of vouchers for three years' extravagant expenditure; all these mixed up to gether in a dusty old violin-case lined with ruby velvet.