\ 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 Disney’s stock surged during the pandemic as Disney Plus kept adding subscribers, which helped the conglomerate cushion the blow of having its theme parks closed and its cruise ships in dry dock. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 22 Nov. 2021 For 16 years, the Coast Guard yard was host to the former auxiliary floating dry dock USS Oak Ridge (ARDM-1). Craig Hooper, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The dry dock that supported the USS San Francisco is gone. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 In the case of the Carnival Vista, the need to call in the Boka Vanguard arose when the ship's propulsion system malfunctioned and the only dry dock in the region wasn't available. Miquel Ros, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Seems that ship has been put in dry dock indefinitely, while the Hurricanes continue to make a buck off Whalers merchandise. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Dozens of boats at the Great Salt Lake State Park marina have been lifted out of their slips and put in dry dock. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 July 2021 Boats no longer able to leave the Great Salt Lake Marina due to extremely low water conditions, are removed and placed in dry dock as seen on Friday, July 9, 2021. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has the only dry dock on the West Coast large enough for Nimitz-class carriers. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021

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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 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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