Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
One of several shores used to hold a ship firmly and prevent her moving while the blocks are knocked away before launching.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
In ship-building, one of the shores or pieces of timber used to prevent a vessel from starting during the removal of the keel-blocks preparatory to launching.
Later on in the morning the brakes of the drums were tightened down, and the dogshores were removed from the ways in front of the cradles.
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