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dock1

[dok] /dɒk/
noun
1.
a landing pier.
2.
the space or waterway between two piers or wharves, as for receiving a ship while in port.
3.
such a waterway, enclosed or open, together with the surrounding piers, wharves, etc.
4.
5.
a platform for loading and unloading trucks, railway freight cars, etc.
6.
an airplane hangar or repair shed.
7.
Also called scene dock. a place in a theater near the stage or beneath the floor of the stage for the storage of scenery.
verb (used with object)
8.
to bring (a ship or boat) into a dock; lay up in a dock.
9.
to place in dry dock, as for repairs, cleaning, or painting.
10.
to join (a space vehicle) with another or with a space station in outer space.
verb (used without object)
11.
to come or go into a dock or dry dock.
12.
(of two space vehicles) to join together in outer space.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Middle Dutch doc(ke)

dock2

[dok] /dɒk/
noun
1.
the solid or fleshy part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair.
2.
the part of a tail left after cutting or clipping.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cut off the end of; cut short:
to dock a tail.
4.
to cut short the tail of:
to dock a horse.
5.
to deduct from the wages of, usually as a punishment:
The boss docked him a day's pay.
6.
to deduct from (wages):
The boss docked his paycheck $20.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English dok, Old English -docca, in fingirdoccana (genitive plural) finger muscles; cognate with Frisian dok, Low German docke bundle, Icelandic dokkur stumpy tail, Middle High German tocke bundle, sheaf

dock3

[dok] /dɒk/
noun
1.
the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.
Idioms
2.
in the dock, being tried in a court, especially a criminal court; on trial.
Origin
1580-90; perhaps < Dutch dok (dial. sense) cage, poultry pen, rabbit hutch

dock4

[dok] /dɒk/
noun
1.
any of various weedy plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, as R. obtusifolius (bitter dock) or R. acetosa (sour dock) having long taproots.
2.
any of various other plants, mostly coarse weeds.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English dokke, Old English docce; cognate with Middle Dutch docke, Middle High German tocke
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Examples from the web for dock
  • Cruise ships dock here regularly, spilling hundreds of tourists onto the main waterfront boulevard.
  • As he was a best-selling author of the day, the press met him at the dock.
  • Several former heads of state have also found themselves in the dock on war-crimes charges.
  • The wall allows deep-hulled ships to dock at the city's edge.
  • When hormones, neurotransmitters or chemical attractors reach a cell, they dock to and activate a membrane-spanning receptor.
  • One of the five mechanical cranes has delivered up the bin to a small loading dock.
  • With the gravity plan, a spacecraft would not have to dock on the asteroid, but instead hover above its surface.
  • Their mouths are larger than the heads of the people who were standing next to them on the dock.
  • But getting the cargo to and from the dock was a different story.
  • We'd get into the dock, when we'd get four or five in there, we'd head for the dock.
British Dictionary definitions for dock

dock1

/dɒk/
noun
1.
a wharf or pier
2.
a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships
3.
an area of water that can accommodate a ship and can be closed off to allow regulation of the water level
4.
short for dry dock
5.
short for scene dock
6.
(mainly US & Canadian) a platform from which lorries, goods trains, etc, are loaded and unloaded
verb
7.
to moor (a vessel) at a dock or (of a vessel) to be moored at a dock
8.
to put (a vessel) into a dry dock for repairs or (of a vessel) to come into a dry dock
9.
(of two spacecraft) to link together in space or link together (two spacecraft) in space
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

dock2

/dɒk/
noun
1.
the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
2.
the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off
verb (transitive)
3.
to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the bone: to dock a tail, to dock a horse
4.
to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc): they docked a third of his wages
Word Origin
C14: dok, of uncertain origin

dock3

/dɒk/
noun
1.
an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish dok sty

dock4

/dɒk/
noun
1.
any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
2.
any of several similar or related plants
Word Origin
Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha
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Word Origin and History for dock
n.

"ship's berth," late 15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German docke, perhaps ultimately (via Late Latin *ductia "aqueduct") from Latin ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)); or possibly from a Scandinavian word for "low ground" (cf. Norwegian dokk "hollow, low ground"). Original sense perhaps "furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank." As a verb from 1510s. Related: Docked; docking.

"where accused stands in court," 1580s, originally rogue's slang, from Flemish dok "pen or cage for animals," origin unknown.

name for various tall, coarse weeds, Old English docce, from Proto-Germanic *dokkon (cf. Middle Dutch docke-, German Docken-, Old Danish dokka), akin to Middle High German tocke "bundle, tuft," and ultimately to the noun source of dock (v.).

v.

"cut an animal's tail," late 14c., from dok (n.) "fleshy part of an animal's tail" (mid-14c.), related to Old English -docca "muscle," from Proto-Germanic *dokko "something round, bundle" (cf. Old Norse dokka "bundle, girl," Danish dukke "doll," German Docke "small column, bundle, doll, smart girl"). Meaning "to reduce (someone's) pay for some infraction" is first recorded 1822. Related: Docked; docking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dock

dock

verb

To reduce one's pay for some infraction: I'm docking you six bucks for being sassy

[1822+; fr dock, ''to cut off part of the tail,'' fr a Middle English word meaning ''docked tail'']


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