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dock

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noun \ˈdäk\

Definition of dock

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Rumex) of coarse weedy plants of the buckwheat family having long taproots and sometimes used as potherbs

  2. 2 :  any of several usually broad-leaved weedy plants (as of the genus Silphium)



Origin of dock

Middle English, from Old English docce; akin to Middle Dutch docke dock


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dock

noun

Definition of dock

  1. 1 :  the solid part of an animal's tail as distinguished from the hair

  2. 2 :  the part of an animal's tail left after it has been shortened



Origin of dock

Middle English dok, perhaps from Old English -docca (as in fingirdocca finger muscle); akin to Old High German tocka doll, Old Norse dokka bundle


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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dock

verb

Definition of dock

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cut off the end of a body part of; specifically :  to remove part of the tail of b :  to cut (as ears or a tail) short

  3. 2 a :  to take away a part of :  abridge b :  to subject (as wages) to a deduction c :  to penalize by depriving of a benefit ordinarily due; especially :  to fine by a deduction of wages <docked him for tardiness>



14th Century

First Known Use of dock

14th century


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dock

noun

Definition of dock

  1. 1 :  a usually artificial basin or enclosure for the reception of ships that is equipped with means for controlling the water height

  2. 2 :  2slip 1b

  3. 3 a :  a place (as a wharf or platform) for the loading or unloading of materials b :  a usually wooden pier used as a landing place or moorage for boats



Origin of dock

Middle English dokke, probably from Middle Dutch docke


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Nautical Terms


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dock

verb

Definition of dock

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to haul or guide into or alongside a dock

  3. 2 :  to join (as two spacecraft) mechanically while in space

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to come into or alongside a dock

  6. 2 :  to become docked



1600

First Known Use of dock

1600


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dock

noun

Definition of dock

  1. :  the place in a criminal court where a prisoner stands or sits during trial

in the dock
  1. :  on trial



Origin of dock

Dutch dialect (Flanders) docke cage


First Known Use: 1586



DOCK Defined for Kids

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dock

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verb \ˈdäk\

Definition of dock

dockeddock·ing

  1. 1 :  to cut off the end of <dock a horse's tail>

  2. 2 :  to take away a part of <His pay was docked.>




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dock

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noun

Definition of dock

  1. 1 :  an artificial basin for ships that has gates to keep the water in or out

  2. 2 :  a waterway usually between two piers to receive ships

  3. 3 :  a wharf or platform for loading or unloading materials




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dock

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verb

Definition of dock

dockeddock·ing

  1. 1 :  to haul or guide into a dock

  2. 2 :  to come or go into a dock

  3. 3 :  to join (as two spacecraft) mechanically while in space





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