The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dock \Dock\, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL.
doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ?
receptacle, fr. ? to receive.]
1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a
harbor or river, -- used for the reception of vessels, and
provided with gates for keeping in or shutting out the
2. The slip or water way extending between two piers or
projecting wharves, for the reception of ships; --
sometimes including the piers themselves; as, to be down
on the dock.
3. The place in court where a criminal or accused person
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