Main definitions of dock in English

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noun

  • 1An enclosed area of water in a port for the loading, unloading, and repair of ships:

    ‘the boat nosed up to a dock’
    [mass noun] ‘the tanker was coming into dock’
    [as modifier] ‘dock workers’
    • ‘There were several ships in space dock, being repaired and refitted, but he was watching one in particular.’
    • ‘Extensive reclamation of the land behind the existing Fisheries Complex in line with the port dock has already taken place.’
    • ‘On the waterfront, it overlooked the ferry dock with the barrier reef and Tahiti visible on the horizon.’
    • ‘I was working part-time at the docks, unloading the ship's cargo boxes and supplies.’
    • ‘The dock workers could smuggle nationalist leaders into ships as stowaways.’
    • ‘Workmen at the docks were unloading the crates from the tugboats and cruises.’
    • ‘There, slowly sailing towards them was a large ship coming from the docks of Port Refuge.’
    • ‘The two outer forks were retractable space docks for repairing larger ships.’
    • ‘He made his way to the city and found his way to the dock area.’
    • ‘Once China lost control of its repair docks at Port Arthur, nothing could be done to put its damaged foreign-built ships back in service.’
    • ‘Feeling a bit more relaxed, the two left the dock area and headed out the door.’
    • ‘She sat on the wooden railing of the Port City docks, as sailors and merchants loaded and unloaded their ships full of goods.’
    • ‘Union dock workers clashed with police at South Carolina port.’
    • ‘With ships arriving faster than dock workers can handle them, the ports can't keep ahead of the rising tide of Pacific Rim cargo.’
    • ‘India's export performance is under threat from workforce instability that has led to strikes by port and dock workers.’
    • ‘It was unaffected by the dock worker issue because its major port of entry for Japanese parts is in Mexico.’
    • ‘The plan included the deepening of the port of Walvis Bay, the construction of a container terminal and the dock at the Port of Luderitz.’
    • ‘Since Julian was first to get to the ships' dock area, he had his choice of which one to take.’
    • ‘The ageing loading and unloading facilities of the docks fail to satisfy the requirements of modern logistics.’
    • ‘Boat owners can always call ahead to a marina and check on their latest price if they're cruising in an area with several fuel docks.’
    harbour, marina, waterfront, port, anchorage
    wharf, quay, pier, jetty, landing stage
    dockyard, boatyard
    hithe
    moorage, harbourage
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    1. 1.1docks A group of docks along with wharves and associated buildings.
      • ‘During the 1926 General Strike I remember standing in Commercial Street as troops went by in armoured cars to go to the docks.’
      • ‘The docks were the main target, but many of the bombs fell on surrounding residential areas.’
      • ‘Charles also ordered that navy rations stored in the docks in the East End should be given to those who had fled the city.’
      • ‘There has been high interest in the site but its future remains shrouded in controversy as numerous competing plans exist for the last site along the old docks.’
      • ‘The report recommends a maximum height of 12 storeys in underdeveloped areas such as around Heuston Station, Spencer Dock and the south docks.’
      • ‘The docks were of great social as well as economic significance to Belfast.’
      • ‘At about 2.30 am, his body was pulled from the water by the lifeboat crew down by the docks, near the jetty.’
      • ‘He walked along the docks, and up ahead of him there was a man hidden in the shadows.’
      • ‘In Sete, the conflicts are apparent along the ancient docks.’
      • ‘The Ramirez Penthouse was located down by the docks.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, down at the docks, some sailors have finished drinking at the Blue Whale and are spilling out.’
      • ‘Blaise walked along the docks, holding his breath as the unfamiliar scent of fish reached his nose, making him gag.’
      • ‘He's in a shack on the eastern docks in Newport City.’
      • ‘The investment firm has recently been linked to a bid for Associated British Ports - owner of docks in Swansea, Plymouth and Hull.’
      • ‘At one point 16,000 dockers organised mobile pickets and closed the docks along the Thames.’
      • ‘At the centre of the docks is Ivory House, a converted warehouse that was transformed 23 years ago into 37 flats.’
      • ‘If the owner of the marina ever decides to provide electricity to the docks, you can get one of those lifts that bring the whole boat out of the water.’
      • ‘From the docks along the Eastern Seaway to the towering spires along the Western Peaks, the great city slowly rose from its slumber.’
      • ‘Working at the docks on the river was the job selected to help me ‘get by’ during my first summer off from college.’
    2. 1.2
      short for dry dock
      • ‘We drive through the long tunnel until we reach the dry docks.’
    3. 1.3North American A jetty or pier where a ship may moor.
      • ‘I did indeed sit on the dock of a bay, watching the tide roll away.’
      • ‘I stood near the wooden dock, though my feet were still on grass.’
      • ‘Geoff was waiting for him on the rickety wooden dock that stretched out into the river.’
      • ‘They all did the required swimming test then headed over to the boat dock.’
      • ‘They reached the dock and the dirt road disappeared and became a wooden walkway.’
      • ‘He made his way to a boat dock and pulled himself up onto it.’
      • ‘It's walking back around the hull to the landing dock.’
    4. 1.4 A platform for loading lorries or goods trains.
      • ‘Three separate tractor-trailer loading docks on two different levels can accommodate 36 trailers simultaneously.’
      • ‘‘We were already delivering products to the loading dock,’ he says.’
      • ‘Garages and loading docks in buildings are a major source of carbon monoxide.’
      • ‘It was the square building with the concrete loading dock, sitting all alone in the parking lot.’
      • ‘In 1916 the steel and concrete ore dock was erected.’
      • ‘Each window is dimensionally similar to a loading dock.’
      • ‘The concrete was 6 inches thick in the parking terrace and 8 inches to 10 inches thick in the loading docks to accommodate the heavy trucks.’
      • ‘We're sitting on a little loading dock at the edge of train tracks.’
      • ‘As the convoy arrived at the dock, the lorry doors opened and the exhausted, terrified lambs poured out, trying desperately to stay upright and avoid trampling each other.’
      • ‘They already had been supporting other unions by refusing to back their trucks up to supermarket loading docks.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, procedures and security systems for loading docks, mail rooms and alternative entrance ways into high-rise buildings have become a major focus.’
      • ‘The small man in the ill-fitting suit suddenly grows large and becomes some no-neck union rep on a loading dock exhorting the working stiffs to the cause.’
      • ‘At two of its other distribution centers, dual-sorting systems - two parallel conveyor belts from the floor to the loading dock - pack trucks twice as fast as single conveyors can.’
      • ‘They forget there's an entire warehouse back there with 20 employees and loading docks.’
      • ‘We've been skating those metal loading docks lately.’
      • ‘There wasn't really anything to look at but the loading dock to the train station.’
      • ‘After that first year of college I was humping freight on loading docks for a summer job, and on breaks us kids would shoot the bull with the truck drivers.’
      • ‘The numerous loading docks, which run along the entire perimeter of the building, allow the transfer of materials to the various stores within.’
      • ‘All through the plant, everything moves towards that shipping dock.’
      • ‘If it gets dropped, or left on a loading dock, it will suffer.’
  • 2A device in which a laptop, smartphone, or other mobile device may be placed for charging, providing access to a power supply and to peripheral devices or auxiliary features; a docking station.

    • ‘A button marked SHARE lets you flag photos for specific actions when you connect it to a computer or to a printer dock.’
    • ‘I often have to put my phone on the dock 3-4 times before it'll go into dock mode.’
    • ‘This year, Apple has chosen to begin accessorising its iPhones once again, offering new docks and cases for the new phones.’
    • ‘Have an iPod dock and just recently purchased a new Android phone?’
    • ‘The M7100 ships with a docking cradle that doubles as both an in-unit battery charger and a data-transfer dock.’
    • ‘I have a dock next to my bed where my phone gets plugged - I also have another one at my computer desk.’
    • ‘The 40GB version also includes a dock.’
    • ‘The camera comes without too many extras, though a rechargeable battery and charging dock were welcome additions to the package.’
    • ‘As I set that up for her, I noticed that the rear of the dock had both a VGA connector and a DVI-D connector.’
    • ‘Sometimes you gotta give your phone a rest, and that's where phone docks come in.’
    • ‘Other people pop their phone onto a dock as soon as they return home.’
    • ‘The Athens PC contains a dock for a tablet PC or a notebook to synchronize with the host PC.’
    • ‘People were playing music through their iPads or on phones through an iPod dock.’
    • ‘The 15Gb model doesn't come with a remote or dock, while the 40Gb will be over-expensive (and expansive) for most people.’
    • ‘inside the house, the phone stays on the dock.’
    • ‘The dock requires the laptop to be closed in order to insert it.’
    • ‘There are two USB sockets for charging, which will come in handy if you're using a phone that won't fit on the dock.’
    • ‘You put four AA batteries in it and then plug the H320 into its dock and the AAs recharge the H320's battery.’
    • ‘The benefit here is that the dock charges the phone at the same time.’
    • ‘The dock is like a tilted U, and the keyboard slides into its curve.’
    • ‘The tablet and phone connect easily and quickly - the tablet fires up as soon as you connect them - and the phone sits safely inside the dock without any fear of falling out.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a ship) come into a dock and tie up at a wharf:

    ‘the ship docked at Southampton’
    • ‘The next morning the ship docked at the main port of Indian Island.’
    • ‘Wives of seamen could only visit their husbands when his ship docked at its home port.’
    • ‘The bars scraped along the concrete landing ramps as the ferry docks.’
    moor, berth, land, beach, anchor, drop anchor, put in, tie up
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    1. 1.1[with object] Bring (a ship or boat) into a dock:
      ‘the yard where the boats were docked and maintained’
      • ‘After ten days or so, the land had all but ceased to exist - I didn't care if we ever docked the boat.’
      • ‘They learn how to fish, including how to bait the hook, tie knots and rig tackle, even back up a trailer and dock a boat.’
      • ‘We drove out to where he docks his boat, in a little harbor northeast of St. John's.’
      • ‘Over 15,500 boats were docked at these marinas.’
      • ‘The abandoned ships were docked, forgotten in the fascination that was brewing around them.’
      • ‘The Quays welcomed two Galway Hooker sailing boats and a flotilla of sailing vessels were docked at Albert Basin.’
      • ‘He reached his destination, the southern most port city in Camaeron and docked his boat.’
      • ‘On deck, Freyen was looking at the manoeuvres to dock the vessel with a serious look on his face.’
      • ‘In the game, you're the captain of one of the cruise ships, and you have to try and dock your massive vessel in various ports.’
      • ‘He docked his boat at a sub-divisional town at dawn.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of rowing she docked the boat at a small wharf.’
      • ‘Luxury yachts are docked in the harbour, and giant cruise ships are anchored swimming distance from the beach.’
      • ‘They will have to pay almost half a million pounds a year in harbour charges for docking their ferries at the new terminal at Hatston.’
      • ‘A large yacht is docked by the mansion, moving up and down with the breeze.’
      • ‘This is especially true if you dock your boat in a marina.’
      • ‘One half of it is where the town is located, where all the people are situated and where the fishermen dock their boats.’
      • ‘He is exhausted and as he docks the boat, he falls over and lies with the mast on him.’
      • ‘After docking the boat and then checking in with the boat master, Rys and her crew headed into town.’
      • ‘Be sure to row to the tiny island in the middle of the lake, dock your boat and go inside the island's church to ring the bells.’
      • ‘They quickly ran down and into the beach area, where a boat was docked.’
    2. 1.2 (of a spacecraft) join with a space station or another spacecraft in space:
      ‘most spaceships docked at the orbital transit station’
      ‘the module was scheduled for docking in March’
      • ‘Two days later, the craft will match the orbit of the international space station, enabling it to dock safely.’
      • ‘As the NASA shuttle orbiting the Earth docked with the Mir space station, the hacker disrupted the computer systems monitoring the medical conditions of the crew.’
      • ‘He was Commander of Atlantis as it docked with the Russian space station Mir.’
      • ‘This shuttle would not even be docking with the International Space Station.’
      • ‘They are scheduled to return to earth in October aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule now docked with the space station.’
      • ‘The space shuttle will dock at the International Space Station.’
      • ‘The two ships would dock in orbit, and propellants would transfer into the lunar craft.’
      • ‘If for any reason an emergency arises, the crew members have a Russian-made Soyuz vehicle docked to the space station to bring them back to Earth.’
      • ‘While the Marines had been preparing to leave, a Russian space shuttle had docked at the space station.’
      • ‘From there you've got to learn to handle your ship and get to grips with the most difficult part - docking with the space station.’
      • ‘Around 2.5 tonnes of supplies were due to dock with the space station last night.’
      • ‘She will dock with the International Space Station, bringing vital spare parts and supplies to the current residents.’
      • ‘The unmanned cargo ship Progress docked with the International Space Station today.’
      • ‘The Atlantis successfully docked with the space station on Wednesday and Sellers and the crew joined those aboard the orbiting outpost for dinner to mark the occasion.’
      • ‘At times you really believe you are piloting your ship and are about to dock with a space station.’
      • ‘American space shuttles docked with the Mir space station nine times.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the shuttle has docked with the International Space Station.’
      • ‘A cargo ship successfully docked with the international space station yesterday, delivering supplies and equipment for its US and Russian crew.’
      • ‘After that both radar systems broke down which meant that we knew for certain the commander would have to dock with the Space Station manually.’
      • ‘The first shuttle to dock with the space station in more than two years is leaving it a cleaner place as the two crafts prepare to disengage.’
    3. 1.3 Attach (a piece of equipment) to another:
      ‘the user wants to dock a portable into a desktop computer’
      • ‘Light-emitting diodes indicate that the system has been docked successfully.’
      • ‘They lowered the module back into place and successfully docked it onto the Raptors hull.’

Phrases

  • in dock

    • 1(of a ship) moored in a dock.

      • ‘Both research vessels will be in dock over the weekend and the crew and scientific teams will be giving tours of the vessels.’
      • ‘‘Besides, you said you'd think about it,’ Len said confidently as they were walking back to the ship that was in dock.’
      • ‘We don't know from the ship's log whether that ship was sailing that night, although normally on a Sunday night, the ship is in dock and doesn't sail.’
      • ‘When the captain had read Maxwell's letter he told him that the ship had been in dock for four years and he could not afford to sail her.’
      • ‘As much as he would prefer to be ashore tonight, he could still enjoy the peace of a ship in dock.’
      • ‘If the ship has been in dock for a week, a different pricing structure pertains.’
      • ‘The sub-ether drive on my ship is damaged, so it's going to have to stay in dock for approximately three days for repairs.’
      • ‘It was segregated once when it was in dock as the people there feared that it would explode.’
      • ‘She had been sitting in dock now for four months and was finally about to embark on her maiden voyage.’
      • ‘The submarines spend 70 days at sea followed by 25 days in dock for overhaul.’
      1. 1.1British informal (of a person) not fully fit and out of action:
        ‘he grazed my arm and put me in dock for a couple of days’
        • ‘Unluckily I managed to spend that five weeks in dock, a very boring time as they kept me in bed all the time.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German docke, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

dock

/dɒk/

Main definitions of dock in English

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dock2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Deduct (something, especially an amount of money or a point in a game):

    ‘the agency enforce payments by docking money from the father's salary’
    [with two objects] ‘he was docked a penalty point’
    • ‘Buddhism receives donations for its temples which are automatically docked from the wages of civil servants.’
    • ‘They had lost their first match by a point and then they were docked two points and so they were going into our game at minus two after one round.’
    • ‘Money docked for work-to-rule days was later refunded.’
    • ‘Two points are deducted if pupils are persistently disruptive and three points are docked for the most serious offences, including bullying, truancy or swearing at staff.’
    • ‘If they won't do their Constitutional duty, shouldn't we dock their pay?’
    • ‘If staff forget their swipe card they are sent home to retrieve it - and the pay is docked for the amount of time they spend going home to get it.’
    • ‘I used to work in a restaurant as a teenager and I would have been docked a week's wages had I tried to use that many prawns on a starter.’
    • ‘The inspector ended up making her visit extremely short, and we were hardly docked any points.’
    • ‘The scheme is operated by the employer, who docks the money each week and passes it to the charities.’
    • ‘After that event at school, his parents had grounded him for a month, and docked his allowance until Christmas.’
    • ‘Previously, they had docked their wages by 50 per cent.’
    • ‘They have to wait until the end of the day or their pay is docked.’
    • ‘At the start of the third game the referee informed her that she had been docked another point for dissent and bad language.’
    • ‘His sporting empire collapsed and Chesterfield were docked nine league points for financial irregularities.’
    • ‘Working-class people sometimes face the choice between standing in line to vote and being docked an hour's pay.’
    • ‘Although angry that the Government will dock the wages of those who take part, teaching unions have committed to keeping schools open.’
    • ‘If they are a minute late, they are docked an hour's pay.’
    • ‘Clubs in England's Nationwide League who take that action are now docked points.’
    • ‘In the interim they were drinking all the time, running up a tab that would be docked from their wages.’
    • ‘The union has already raised concerns that some workers have had the costs of their safety equipment docked from wages.’
    deduct, subtract, remove, debit, discount, take off, take away
    reduce, cut, cut back, decrease, lessen, diminish
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  • 2Cut short (an animal's tail):

    ‘their tails were docked’
    • ‘The move follows pressure from animal rights groups and many vets who claim it is barbaric to dock tails for cosmetic reasons.’
    • ‘If the longhair's tail is docked at all, only a vertebrae or two are removed.’
    • ‘Hopefully it'll clear up and he'll get full use of his tail back, but there is a possibility that he may have to have his tail docked at the point where it is injured.’
    • ‘The law would also ban tail docking except where an owner can prove that a working animals' tail needs to be docked in order to minimize the risk of injury to the animal.’
    • ‘If the tail must be docked, the breed standard dictates that no more than one third of the tail may be removed.’
    • ‘Breeders of dogs whose tails are docked for cosmetic purposes say a ban would detract from the visual attraction of certain types.’
    • ‘I don't think dogs' tails (or farm animals' tails, for that matter) should be docked and I'm comfortable with a bill that makes this law.’
    • ‘It's something that's been done for hundreds of years and in some cases no one can actually remember why certain breeds of dogs have their tails docked.’
    • ‘The Princess Royal shocked delegates at the British Veterinary Association's annual conference in Harrogate in 1992 by defending docking the tails of working dogs.’
    • ‘Aside from the schipperke's thick ruff, the most striking feature of the breed is its tail - or lack thereof, since the tail is typically docked.’
    • ‘The docking of working animals' tails will only be allowed where there is a risk of tail injury.’
    • ‘Here I might be in trouble with the law again, for my dear little Jack Russell terrier Polly has had her tail docked.’
    • ‘I would not have bought either had their tails been docked, and I consider the procedure totally unwarranted except in the odd occasion.’
    • ‘Such dogs were exempt from taxes, and their owners docked the dogs' tails to document their occupation.’
    • ‘Unfortunately his tail has had to be docked to prevent further damage but he is still a very attractive and adorable boy.’
    • ‘The court heard how he then went on to illegally dock these puppies tails by tying a rag round their tails to stop the blood supply.’
    • ‘Fighting dogs' tails were docked to give their opponents one less body part to grab.’
    • ‘So small-minded is this government that it is unable even to organise the bill to restrict docking of dogs' tails.’
    • ‘The Society launched a campaign in support of the Bill, which would ban the docking of dogs' tails unless the tail is damaged or diseased.’
    • ‘He also claimed he did not know that docking the puppies' tails was illegal, said Mr Orsborn.’
    cut off, cut short, shorten, crop, lop, prune, truncate
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noun

  • 1The solid bony or fleshy part of an animal's tail, excluding the hair.

    • ‘Jason grabbed the towels and spread them at the dog's tail and dock.’
    1. 1.1 The stump left after a tail has been docked.

Origin

Late Middle English: perhaps related to Frisian dok bunch, ball (of string etc.) and German Docke doll. The original noun sense was ‘the solid part of an animal's tail’, whence the verb sense ‘cut short an animal's tail’, later generalized to ‘reduce, deduct’.

Pronunciation:

dock

/dɒk/

Main definitions of dock in English

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dock3

noun

  • The enclosure in a criminal court where a defendant stands or sits:

    ‘the nine others in the dock face a combination of charges’
    • ‘At 10.24 am he was brought without handcuffs into court and through the prisoners' docks.’
    • ‘The new initiative comes just months after a defendant leapt over the dock at Southend court and made a dash for freedom.’
    • ‘A thief had to empty his pockets out in the court dock to prove he was skint.’
    • ‘Reporters hung about the docks, waiting for released convicts to land.’
    • ‘Allies of convenience that are well known to be guilty of egregious acts are now hauled into the dock as war criminals as soon as we have the chance.’
    • ‘A teenage burglar who leapt from the dock at York Magistrates Court has been locked up for three-and-a-half years.’
    • ‘He was flanked by two police officers and a court security officer as he stood in the glass-enclosed dock at Harrogate Magistrates Court.’
    • ‘She hobbled into the dock at Manchester Crown Court and admitted being overpaid nearly £28,000 in benefits.’
    • ‘In June, a 10-inch kitchen knife was found taped under the dock of court 17, which handles cases involving serious crime.’
    • ‘The pair were led up into the glass-panelled dock of a packed Court 4 flanked by three uniformed security guards.’
    • ‘Since they were too small to see over the dock of the court, a special platform had to built.’
    • ‘The 10-inch-long knife was found taped to the dock in number 17 court, which is used for remand prisoners brought up from cells in the basement.’
    • ‘Addressing the court from the dock, he said: ‘I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused.’’
    • ‘His mother was allowed to sit by his side in a dock at Manchester Crown Court where he denies attempted murder.’
    • ‘The first time he gave an indication of his relief was to smile at the police officer who was standing beside the dock as she was to allow him to move free from the court.’
    • ‘There was increased security in court following an incident yesterday in which a prisoner jumped from the dock at the court and tried to attack the judge.’
    • ‘Another image on her studio workbench was of a very young man with his eyes downcast, sitting in a dock next to a court officer.’
    • ‘A man who attacked a prison officer while in a court dock has been jailed for three months.’
    • ‘In the dock, the two accused sat perfectly still.’
    • ‘A man vaulted a court dock and fled into a town centre after hearing he would be spending Christmas behind bars.’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably originally slang and related to Flemish dok chicken coop, rabbit hutch, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

dock

/dɒk/

Main definitions of dock in English

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dock4

noun

  • A coarse weed of temperate regions, with inconspicuous greenish or reddish flowers. The leaves are used to relieve nettle stings.

    • ‘In the allotments, paths overgrown with nettles and docks are littered with squashed cans and chocolate wrappers between walls of rusting corrugated iron topped with barbed wire.’
    • ‘Vegetables were not cultivated, but came in the form of wild carrots, turnip and garlic, along with salad leaves such as sorrel, nettle and dock.’
    • ‘I was out with this dangerous looking implement this afternoon, cutting down nettles, rosebay and docks nearly as tall as I am.’
    • ‘Pesticides, similarly, were unknown: docks, nettles and thistles were scythed away by hand just as they came into seed.’
    • ‘This is rarer and is usually caused by weeds such as nettles and docks, late flowering plants and fungal spores.’

Origin

Old English docce, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dialect dokke.

Pronunciation:

dock

/dɒk/