\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But those plans were stymied when pollution was discovered from its previous use as a lumber mill and dry dock for ship construction and deconstruction. oregonlive, "Portland City council votes to fund cleanup plan on superfund site," 12 Sep. 2019 Department spokesman Stephanie Garcia says artifacts on board must be taken care of, for storage, before the ship goes into dry dock to fix the leaking hull. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 The dry dock will take place in September with new enhancements in place for its four-night reposition cruise from Vancouver to San Diego on Sept. 30. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Cruise Line adding more New Orleans touches to Disney Wonder," 17 June 2019 That includes both popular destinations as the Ferry Building and the Giants’ ballpark, but also the dormant ship repair dry dock at Pier 70 and a large recycling plant at Pier 96. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘Blind’ justice in SF — via machine learning?," 13 June 2019 Russian officials have now acknowledged that the October 29 accident involving Russia’s only aircraft carrier and largest floating dry dock has made continuing the refit of the ship impossible. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian officials: Nope, we can’t finish fixing the carrier Kuznetsov," 9 Nov. 2018 Heard that some of the crew is going to get a few days’ leave, as our shop bas been damaged and has to be put into dry dock for a few days. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 After 14 months in dry dock, the ship returned to service on April 19, 2002. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 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

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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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