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dry dock

noun
1.
a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30

dry-dock

[drahy-dok] /ˈdraɪˌdɒk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
verb (used without object)
2.
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
Origin
1880-85
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Examples for dry dock
  • The initial stages of a cruise ship's construction take place in a dry dock facility.
  • Local leaders have ambitious plans to develop new port facilities and hotels, and to modernise the dry dock.
  • The accident occurred in routine maintenance on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is in dry dock.
  • All of the vessels are scheduled to undergo major revitalizations in dry dock over the next two years.
  • In the months to come, others will go into dry dock to get the new look too.
  • Some require weeks in dry dock and yanking out entire decks to create new restaurants, staterooms and spas.
  • Carnival ships come out from dry dock with more wet thrills.
British Dictionary definitions for dry dock

dry dock

noun
1.
a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
verb
2.
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
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Encyclopedia Article for dry dock

type of dock (q.v.) consisting of a rectangular basin dug into the shore of a body of water and provided with a removable enclosure wall or gate on the side toward the water, used for major repairs and overhaul of vessels.

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