Meaning of “dry dock” in the English Dictionary

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"dry dock" in British English

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dry docknoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdraɪ ˈdɒk/ us /ˌdraɪ ˈdɑːk/

Examples from literature

  • Arriving here, the vessels went at once into dry dock while a force of men who were in waiting proceeded to clean and paint the hulls, while stores and provisions to last three months were assembled. 
  • Four dry docks open into the floating harbour. 
  • It is free from ice the entire year, and has a little cove or bay that could be converted into a dry dock at small expense. 
  • It is, however, a shaft that cannot be inspected except when in dry dock, and has to be disconnected from the propeller, and drawn inside for examination at periods suggested by experience. 
  • The boat is good for many a trip yet, though it is true, as you know, that she is to go into dry dock for overhauling on her return. 

(Definition of “dry dock” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dry dock" in Business English

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dry docknoun [ C ]

uk us

TRANSPORT an area from which the water can be removed in order for ships to be built or repaired:

In the dry dock, a crane lifts massive steel sections for final assembly of a gigantic oil tanker.

(Definition of “dry dock” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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