from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A structure that can be submerged to permit the entry and docking of a ship and then raised to lift the ship from the water for repairs. Also called floating drydock.
  • n. A dock that is supported by metal pipes on which it can move up and down with the rise and fall of the water level.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a dock which is made to become buoyant, and, by floating, to lift a vessel out of water.
  • adj. See under Dock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then raised


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  • When Malaya went into the floating dock at Invergordon, Emperor of India came out.

    Castles of Steel

  • They drew up alongside a floating dock about twenty metres off the berg, the bobbing form of an Aquapod submersible visible on one side and two Zodiacs on the other.

    Crusader Gold


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