graving dock

noun Nautical.
an excavated shore dry dock for the repair and maintenance of ships.

1830–40 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
graving dock
another term for dry dock

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Example sentences
Floating bridge pontoons being constructed in a graving dock.
Once the graving dock modifications are complete, construction of the pontoons
  will begin.
Maximize use of the graving dock for pontoon construction through double shifts
  or another facility.
The ship or other marine craft will rest upon these support structures when the
  water is pumped from the graving dock.
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