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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.]


pl n
the docks the area around a wharf or pier, used for the mooring, loading, unloading, and repair of ships
References in classic literature ?
The hurry of the times, the loading and discharging organization of the docks, the use of hoisting machinery which works quickly and will not wait, the cry for prompt despatch, the very size of his ship, stand nowadays between the modern seaman and the thorough knowledge of his craft.
Then one day, as he was wending his weary way to the docks, he met a friend and former shipmate a little older than himself outside the Fenchurch Street Railway Station.
Trelawney had taken up his residence at an inn far down the docks to superintend the work upon the schooner.
Flashing the signals which proclaimed it a dispatch bearer for the jeddak, it circled impatiently awaiting the tardy patrol boat which must convoy it to the palace docks.
As for the wonders of Bombay its famous city hall, its splendid library, its forts and docks, its bazaars, mosques, synagogues, its Armenian churches, and the noble pagoda on Malabar Hill, with its two polygonal towers-- he cared not a straw to see them.
I can fill and dredge and put in a system of docks that will handle hundreds of ships.
A narrow alley ran past the building, ending abruptly at the bank of the Thames in a moldering wooden dock, beneath which the inky waters of the river rose and fell, lapping the decaying piles and surging far beneath the dock to the remote fastnesses inhabited by the great fierce dock rats and their fiercer human antitypes.
However, he steamed in and out of his little back Dock according as he was wanted or not wanted in the Patriarchal presence, and business had gone on in its customary course.
He found himself jostled among a crowd of people, chiefly women, who were huddled together in a dirty frowsy room, at the upper end of which was a raised platform railed off from the rest, with a dock for the prisoners on the left hand against the wall, a box for the witnesses in the middle, and a desk for the magistrates on the right; the awful locality last named, being screened off by a partition which concealed the bench from the common gaze, and left the vulgar to imagine (if they could) the full majesty of justice.
Already a small group of the happy shore-staying folk had clustered on the dock.
You will find yourself in the dock, my friend, in the prisoners' dock, I say
Captain Granet, Ralph promised that there should be a pinnace at number seven dock from one until three.