floating dock

noun
a submersible, floating structure used as a dry dock, having a floor that is submerged, slipped under a floating vessel, and then raised so as to raise the vessel entirely out of the water.
Also called floating dry dock.


Origin:
1865–70

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floating dock
 
n
Also called: floating dry dock a large boxlike structure that can be submerged to allow a vessel to enter it and then floated to raise the vessel out of the water for maintenance or repair

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Build a smaller, floating dock which does not shade as much nearshore aquatic
  habitat.
The additional floating dock will help ease the boat launching traffic during
  the upcoming boating season.
The objective is to be tightly secured to the floating dock system.
Pier includes floating dock for daytime only boat moorage.
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