dock

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1dock

noun \ˈdäk\

Definition of DOCK

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

2dock

noun

Definition of DOCK

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

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

3dock

verb

Definition of DOCK

transitive verb
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
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>

First Known Use of DOCK

14th century

4dock

noun

Definition of DOCK

1
:  a usually artificial basin or enclosure for the reception of ships that is equipped with means for controlling the water height
2
:  2slip 1b
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

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

5dock

verb

Definition of DOCK

transitive verb
1
:  to haul or guide into or alongside a dock
2
:  to join (as two spacecraft) mechanically while in space
intransitive verb
1
:  to come into or alongside a dock
2
:  to become docked

First Known Use of DOCK

1600

6dock

noun

Definition of DOCK

:  the place in a criminal court where a prisoner stands or sits during trial
in the dock
:  on trial

Origin of DOCK

Dutch dialect (Flanders) docke cage
First Known Use: 1586

dock

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any coarse weedy plant of the genus Rumex, in the buckwheat family, that has a long taproot and is sometimes used as a potherb. Most docks are native to Europe but naturalized throughout North America. Examples include curly dock (R. crispus) and bitter dock (R. obtusifolius). The early basal leaves of patience-dock (R. patientia) are sometimes used in salads. The common weed R. acetosa is known variously as dock, common sorrel, or garden sorrel. See also sorrel.

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