Origin: AS. Docce; of uncertain origin; cf. G. Docken-blatter, Gael. Dogha burdock, OF. Doque; perh. Akin to L. Daucus, daucum, Gr, a kind of parsnip or carrot, used in medicine. Cf. Burdock.
Origin: Cf. Icel. Dockr a short tail, Fries. Dok a little bundle or bunch, G. Docke bundle, skein, a short and thick column.
Origin: See Dock a tail. Cf. W. Tociaw, and twciaw, to dock, clip.
11. The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands. Balance dock, a kind of floating dock which is kept level by pumping water out of, or letting it into, the compartments of side chambers. Dry dock, a dock from which the water may be shut or pumped out, especially, one in the form of a chamber having walls and floor, often of masonry and communicating with deep water, but having appliances for excluding it; used in constructing or repairing ships. The name includes structures used for the examination, repairing, or building of vessels, as graving docks, floating docks, hydraulic docks, etc. Floating dock, a dock which is made to become buoyant, and, by floating, to lift a vessel out of water. Graving dock, a dock for holding a ship for graving or cleaning the bottom, etc. Hydraulic dock, a dock in which a vessel is raised clear of the water by hydraulic presses. Naval dock, a dock connected with which are naval stores, materials, and all conveniences for the construction and repair of ships. Sectional dock, a form of floating dock made in separate sections or caissons. Slip dock, a dock having a sloping floor that extends from deep water to above high-water mark, and upon which is a railway on which runs a cradle carrying the ship. Wet dock, a dock where the water is shut in, and kept at a given level, to facilitate the loading and unloading of ships; also sometimes used as a place of safety; a basin.
Origin: Akin to D. Dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. Doga ditch, L. Doga ditch, L. Doga sort of vessel, Gr. Receptacle, fr. To receive.
(01 Mar 1998)
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