\ ˈdrī-ˌdäk How to pronounce dry-dock (audio) \
dry-docked; dry-docking; dry-docks

Definition of dry-dock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in a dry dock

dry dock


Definition of dry dock (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dock that can be kept dry for use during the construction or repairing of ships

Examples of dry-dock in a Sentence

Noun The dry dock is full. The ship is in dry dock.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The base features enough room for ammunition depots, fuel depots, workshops, barracks, a deep water berth, dry dock, and even an emergency power system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Extremely Interested in Occupying This Secret Bond Villain Lair," 15 Oct. 2020 That process will carry on much the same in the future, but with a key difference: Among the assets included in the purchase is a dry dock big enough to handle any ship that Perciavalle can foresee building. al, "Austal USA head describes plans for waterfront expansion," 17 Sep. 2020 The submarine was towed into dry dock 3 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where she was dismantled. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Staggeringly Quiet Sub Changed the Navy Forever. Now, It's All Scrap.," 6 Oct. 2020 The company will add to and update other manufacturing spaces and build a floating dry dock to launch Columbia submarines. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "In the search for workers to make submarines in Connecticut and Rhode Island, industry group surveys supply chain about job details," 28 Sep. 2020 Owning the dry dock means controlling its schedule of availability. al, "Austal USA head describes plans for waterfront expansion," 17 Sep. 2020 The dry dock in Bremerton is the only one on the West Coast large enough to accommodate a Nimitz-class carrier. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson returns to San Diego," 2 Sep. 2020 The assets involved include more than 15 acres of riverfront land, a massive dry dock, and other assets including buildings. al, "Deal in works for Austal to purchase additional land, facilities," 21 Aug. 2020 The rule of thumb is for every carrier ready on patrol, a country needs a second preparing to patrol and a third just coming off patrol or in dry dock for maintenance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "South Korea Is Packing Its First Aircraft Carrier with F-35s," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dry-dock


1854, in the meaning defined above


1626, in the meaning defined above

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“Dry-dock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry-dock. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dry dock

: a dock that can be kept dry and that is used for building or repairing boats or ships

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