dock·​yard | \ ˈdäk-ˌyärd How to pronounce dockyard (audio) \

Definition of dockyard

1 : shipyard
2 British : navy yard

Examples of dockyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Demonstrators turned out in force in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, where security forces shot dead two people on Saturday near a dockyard where the authorities had been trying to force workers to load a boat. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Myanmar pro-democracy protesters call for national strike," 21 Feb. 2021 Another large protest took place in Mandalay, where police shot dead two people on Saturday near a dockyard as security forces were trying to force workers to load a boat. NBC News, "Mass protests and funeral follow deadly shootings in Myanmar," 21 Feb. 2021 The normal winter overhaul schedule takes other ferries offline for various periods this winter, and three ferries — including the new Hubbard and Tazlina — will be unusable because of dockyard work. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska ferry service dodges vetoes but not a big budget cut," 16 July 2019 Twenty-two percent of coastal regions receive a similar degree of artificial illumination, with light emanating from sources such as housing developments, promenades, ports, harbors and dockyards. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thanks to Light Pollution, We’re Losing Nemo," 11 July 2019 Sailors, many of them already desperately ill, stumbled down the gangplank and into the dockyards of Messina. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 To the west, the Pacific Ocean; to the south, Catalina Island and the dockyards of Long Beach; to the north, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriels; and all around, a blanket of sparkling city lights. Davy Rothbart, Los Angeles Magazine, "I Learned to Love Griffith Park by Spending 18 Hours Straight There," 23 May 2018 Most Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who came to Britain after the second world war were drawn to existing Muslim communities around cotton mills or dockyards. The Economist, "Britain’s rural Muslims are a minority within a minority," 17 May 2018 One of Hong Kong’s first large-scale private housing developments, Taikoo Shing, was built on the site of Swire Company’s dockyards. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Live in a Drainpipe? Five Extreme Ideas to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dockyard

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dockyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dockyard

: a place where ships are built and repaired

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