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dock

noun \ ˈdäk \
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 and Etymology of dock

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

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dock

noun
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 and Etymology 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

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dock

verb
1 a : to cut off the end of a body part of; specifically : to remove part of the tail of
b : to cut (part of an animal, such as the ears or a tail) short
2 a : to take away a part of : abridge
b : to subject to a deduction
  • dock someone's wages
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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dock

noun
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 (such 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 and Etymology of dock

Middle English dokke, probably from Middle Dutch docke

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dock

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

First Known Use of dock

1600

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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dock

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

Origin and Etymology of dock

Dutch dialect (Flanders) docke cage


DOCK Defined for Kids

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dock

verb \ ˈdäk \
docked; docking
1 : to cut off the end of
  • dock a horse's tail
2 : to take away a part of
  • His pay was docked.

2

dock

noun
1 : an artificial basin for ships that has gates to keep the water in or out
2 : a waterway usually between two piers to receive ships
3 : a wharf or platform for loading or unloading materials

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dock

verb
docked; docking
1 : to haul or guide into a dock
2 : to come or go into a dock
3 : to join (as two spacecraft) mechanically while in space

Medical Dictionary

1

dock

noun \ ˈdäk \
: any plant of the genus Rumex

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dock

intransitive verb
: to combine with a molecular receptor
  • the AIDS virus docked at the T cell receptor

Law Dictionary

dock

noun
: the place in a criminal court where a prisoner stands or sits during trial — compare bar, bench, jury box, sidebar, stand

Origin and Etymology of dock

Dutch dialect docke, dok pen, cage


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