\ˈdrī-ˌdäk \

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


The dry dock is full. The ship is in dry dock.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dry dock, the PD-50, was the only one available capable of accommodating the 55,000 ton Admiral Kuznetsov. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 This was the first Independence Day turnaround for the historic vessel since 2014, due to the ship’s lengthy restoration in dry dock, said David Wedemeyer, communications manager for the USS Constitution Museum. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "USS Constitution sets sail, briefly, on Fourth of July voyage," 4 July 2018 The crew often spent 10 or more hours a day on a Staten Island dry dock, wearing respirators, hard hats and gloves, while hand-painting the delicate fluid details. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Newly ‘Dazzled’ Fireboat Brings World War I History to New York Waterways," 27 June 2018 The ship underwent refurbishment in 2014 with dry dock improvements to infrastructure in October, the company said. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free $50 credit or kids sail free on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line," 6 July 2018 Our ship had been moved into dry dock so seven of us fellows who had been on liberty jumped a cab and went to the Navy yard. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 The feature was installed on the top decks of the ship during a dry dock for the 3,858-passenger ship that will spend the summer based in Southampton, England before returning to Fort Lauderdale in November. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Royal Caribbean ship gets first new Sky Pad attraction," 23 May 2018 Panama Canal Sun Facebook group Lieberman's March 16 to March 31 voyage on the 1,936-passenger ship through the Panama Canal was the vessel's last before entering a dry dock period for extensive renovations. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "They booked a two-week Norwegian cruise. Instead, they got a 'nightmare at sea.' | Miami Herald," 17 Apr. 2018 The Sun is expected to come out of dry dock on Thursday. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "They booked a two-week Norwegian cruise. Instead, they got a 'nightmare at sea.' | Miami Herald," 17 Apr. 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above


1626, in the meaning defined above

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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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a knickknack or trinket

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