dock

noun (1)
\ˈdäk \

Definition of dock 

(Entry 1 of 6)

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)

dock

noun (2)

Definition of dock (Entry 2 of 6)

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

dock

verb (1)

Definition of dock (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : 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

dock

noun (3)

Definition of dock (Entry 4 of 6)

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

3a : 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

dock

verb (2)

Definition of dock (Entry 5 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to haul or guide into or alongside a dock

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

intransitive verb

1 : to come into or alongside a dock

2 : to become docked

dock

noun (4)

Definition of dock (Entry 6 of 6)

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

in the dock

: on trial

First Known Use of dock

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (4)

1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dock

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Noun (3)

Middle English dokke, probably from Middle Dutch docke

Noun (4)

Dutch dialect (Flanders) docke cage

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dock

verb
\ˈdäk \
docked; docking

Kids Definition of dock

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

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

dock

noun

Kids Definition of dock (Entry 2 of 3)

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

dock

verb
docked; docking

Kids Definition of dock (Entry 3 of 3)

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

dock

noun
\ˈdäk \

Medical Definition of dock 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: any plant of the genus Rumex

Medical Definition of dock (Entry 2 of 2)

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

dock

noun

Legal Definition of dock 

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

History and Etymology for dock

Dutch dialect docke, dok pen, cage

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