American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An area, often bordering a body of water, with facilities for building, repairing, or dry-docking ships.
- n. Chiefly British A navy yard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A yard or magazine near a harbor, for containing all kinds of naval stores and timber. Dockyards belonging to the government (called in the United States navy-yards) usually include dry-docks for repairing ships, and slips on which new vessels are built, besides the storehouses and workshops.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A yard or storage place for all sorts of naval stores and timber for shipbuilding.
- n. an establishment on the waterfront where vessels are built or fitted out or repaired
- dock + yard (Wiktionary)
“VERNON: It's very easy to defend a town and a dockyard, which is why we would not to choose in urban built up areas if we had to.”
“There were occasions when the pride of the British tar was not abashed at being called a dockyard loafer, but these were rare.”
“The admiral told them that the most interesting novelty in the dockyard was the starting of Nasmyth's steam hammer.”
“I was cordially received by the directing officer of the dockyard, which is of very large extent and surrounded by fortifications.”
“– Went on shore yesterday afternoon, and inspected the dockyard, which is rapidly approaching its completion.”
“We visited the dockyard, which is very similar to that of Portsmouth.”
“One of the largest buildings in the dockyard is the foundry, which is considered the most complete in the world.”
“We anchored off the dockyard, which is even larger than that of Portsmouth.”
“Or, suppose I had been a sail ship, and had come in dismasted, and the dockyard was the only place where I could be refitted, would you have denied me a mast? and if you would not deny me a mast, on what principle will you deny me coal, both articles being declared by your Government innoxious?”
“At ten my children set off to the dockyard, which is a most prodigious effort of machinery, and they are promised the sight of an anchor in the act of being forged, a most cyclopean sight.”
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