Definition of in dock in English:

in dock


  • 1(of a ship) moored in a dock.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As much as he would prefer to be ashore tonight, he could still enjoy the peace of a ship in dock.’
    • ‘‘Besides, you said you'd think about it,’ Len said confidently as they were walking back to the ship that was in dock.’
    • ‘If the ship has been in dock for a week, a different pricing structure pertains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both research vessels will be in dock over the weekend and the crew and scientific teams will be giving tours of the vessels.’
    • ‘It was segregated once when it was in dock as the people there feared that it would explode.’
    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.’