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dock

A dock is a structure that's made for bringing boats or ships in to the shore and loading or unloading them of goods or passengers. The small dock behind your lake house might be mainly used for launching your canoe.

Smaller docks are wooden planks that jut into the water — boats can pull up and be tied or anchored there. Larger docks in harbors might have gates enclosing areas of water where ships can be repaired or cargo unloaded. When boats dock, they pull up to a dock or a pier. You can also use the verb form of dock to mean "cut off," as when a farmer docks an animal's tail or a boss docks a worker's wages.

Definitions of dock
  1. noun
    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”
    synonyms: dockage, docking facility
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    types:
    dry dock, drydock, graving dock
    a large dock from which water can be pumped out; used for building ships or for repairing a ship below its waterline
    marina
    a fancy dock for small yachts and cabin cruisers
    floating dock, floating dry dock
    dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised
    type of:
    landing, landing place
    structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
  2. noun
    a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
    synonyms: pier, wharf, wharfage
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    types:
    levee
    a pier that provides a landing place on a river
    quay
    wharf usually built parallel to the shoreline
    type of:
    platform
    a raised horizontal surface
  3. noun
    a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
    synonyms: loading dock
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    type of:
    platform
    a raised horizontal surface
  4. verb
    come into dock
    “the ship docked
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    Antonyms:
    undock
    move out of a dock
    types:
    berth, moor, wharf
    come into or dock at a wharf
    type of:
    come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
    to come or go into
  5. verb
    maneuver into a dock
    dock the ships”
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    Antonyms:
    undock
    take (a ship) out of a dock
    types:
    dry-dock, drydock
    maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
    type of:
    channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  6. noun
    an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  7. noun
    any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
    synonyms: sorrel, sour grass
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    Rumex acetosa, garden sorrel, sour dock
    European sorrel with large slightly acidic sagittate leaves grown throughout north temperate zone for salad and spring greens
    Rumex acetosella, sheep sorrel, sheep's sorrel
    small plant having pleasantly acid-tasting arrow-shaped leaves; common in dry places
    Rumex obtusifolius, bitter dock, broad-leaved dock, yellow dock
    European dock with broad obtuse leaves and bitter rootstock common as a weed in North America
    French sorrel, Rumex scutatus, garden sorrel
    low perennial with small silvery-green ovate to hastate leaves
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  8. noun
    the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
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    type of:
    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  9. noun
    a short or shortened tail of certain animals
    synonyms: bob, bobtail
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    type of:
    tail
    the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
  10. verb
    remove or shorten the tail of an animal
    synonyms: bob, tail
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  11. verb
    deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
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    type of:
    deprive
    keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
  12. verb
    deduct from someone's wages
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    type of:
    deduct, recoup, withhold
    retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
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