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Dictionary Definition



1 an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
2 any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine [syn: sorrel, sour grass]
3 a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats [syn: pier, wharf, wharfage]
4 a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded [syn: loading dock]
5 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" [syn: dockage, docking facility]
6 the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
7 a short or shortened tail of certain animals [syn: bobtail, bob]


1 come into dock; "the ship docked" [ant: undock]
2 deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
3 deduct from someone's wages
4 remove or shorten the tail of an animal [syn: tail, bob]
5 haul into a dock; "dock the ships" [ant: undock]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A body of water between two piers or wharves.
  2. (of a ship) Being in the harbour area.
  3. The action of joining two items together.
  4. The action of reducing wages.
  5. A burdock plant, or the leaves of that plant.
  6. A plant in the genus Rumex
  7. Part of a courtroom where accused sits.
  8. a section of a hotel or restaurant, as in coffee dock
  9. slang Scots (also doc) the buttocks or anus.


A body of water between two piers or wharves
  • Hebrew:
(of a ship) Being in the harbour area
The action of joining two items together
The action of reducing wages
A burdock plant, or the leaves of that plant
(slang, also doc) A documentary or docudrama
part of a courtroom where accused sits
a section of a hotel or restaurant, as in coffee dock
A male given name


  1. To land at a harbour.
  2. To join two moving items.
  3. To cut off a section of an animal's tail.
  4. To reduce wages; to deduct.

Related terms


To land at a harbour
  • Hebrew:
To join two moving items
To reduce wages; to deduct
To cut off a section of an animal's tail

Extensive Definition

Dock may refer to:

In transportation

  • Dock (maritime), an area of water for building or repairing or loading and unloading ships or ferries
    • Wharf, a fixed platform, commonly on pilings, where ships are loaded and unloaded
    • Pier, a raised walkway over water, supported by widely spread piles or pillars
    • Ferry slip, a specialized docking facility that receives a ferryboat
    • Pontoon, a buoyant device, used to support docks or floating bridges
    • Dry dock, a narrow basin that can be flooded and drained to allow a load to come to rest on a dry platform
    • Loading dock or Cargo bay, an unloading area for trucks to deliver cargo
    • Jetty
    • Stevedore, a worker who loads and unloads ships, also known as a docker or longshoreman
  • Space rendezvous, if it includes docking

In natural sciences

In computing


See also

  • Dox, a supposed hybrid between a dog and a fox
  • DOC (disambiguation)
  • Docklands, the area in London
dock in German: Dock
dock in French: Dock
dock in Japanese: ドック

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