floating dock(redirected from floating docks)
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1. A structure that can be submerged to permit the entry and docking of a ship and then raised to lift the ship from the water for repairs. Also called floating drydock.
2. A dock that is held in place laterally, as by pilings, but rests on floats and is free to rise and fall with changes in the water level.
(Nautical Terms) a large boxlike structure that can be submerged to allow a vessel to enter it and then floated to raise the vessel out of the water for maintenance or repair. Also called: floating dry dock
a submersible floating structure that can raise a vessel out of the water and serve as a dry dock. Also called float′ing dry′ dock`.