Dock - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɑːk|  American pronunciation of the word dock
Brit.  |ˈdɒk|  British pronunciation of the word dock


- an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
- any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine (syn: sorrel)
- a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats (syn: pier, wharf, wharfage)
- a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
- landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out(syn: dockage)
- the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
- a short or shortened tail of certain animals (syn: bob, bobtail)


- come into dock
- deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
- deduct from someone's wages
- remove or shorten the tail of an animal (syn: bob, tail)
- maneuver into a dock


Boss docked him for tardiness.

A crowd was waiting at the dock to greet them.

The ship is in dock for repairs.

We docked at Rangoon the next morning.

Users can dock a laptop to their desktop setup.

The dog was docked.

We will have to dock his pay if he is late for work again.

the ship arrived at the dock more than a day late

I saw a person standing on the dock.

He tied the boat to the dock.

...well-wishers shouted to departing passengers from the dock...

Bring the boat alongside the dock.

The boats were roped together at the dock.

The shipment of tools arrived at the dock in cargo containers yesterday.

The boat was moored alongside the dock.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dock
he/she/it: docks
present participle: docking
past tense: docked
past participle: docked
singular: dock
plural: docks
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