• Hickety; dickety, dock
    Hickety; dickety, dock
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dock maneuver into a dock "dock the ships"
    • v dock remove or shorten the tail of an animal
    • v dock come into dock "the ship docked"
    • v dock deduct from someone's wages
    • v dock deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
    • n dock a short or shortened tail of certain animals
    • n dock the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
    • n dock landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out "the ship arrived at the dock more than a day late"
    • n dock an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
    • n dock a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
    • n dock a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
    • n dock any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pepper was sold as individual grains during the Elizabethan times. The guards at the London docks had to sew up their pockets so they would not steal any of the pepper
    • Dock A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.
    • n Dock dŏk (Bot) A genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of extermination.Yellow dock is Rumex crispus, with smooth curly leaves and yellow root, which that of other species is used medicinally as an astringent and tonic.
    • Dock 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 tide.
    • Dock The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands.
    • Dock 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 .
    • Dock The solid part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair; the stump of a tail; the part of a tail left after clipping or cutting.
    • Dock To cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages.
    • Dock to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse. "His top was docked like a priest biforn."
    • Dock To cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail.
    • v. t Dock To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
    • n dock The common name of those species of Rumex which are characterized by little or no acidity and the leaves of which are not hastate. They are coarse herbs, mostly perennials, with thickened rootstocks. Some of the European species are troublesome weeds and widely naturalized. The roots are astringent and slightly tonic and laxative, and have been used as a remedy in cutaneous affections and numerous other diseases. Particular designations are bitter dock, R. obtusifolius; curled or yellow dock, R. crispus; fiddle-dock (from the shape of the leaves), R. pulcher; golden dock, R. maritimus; patience dock, R. Patientia; sharp or sour dock, R. Acetosa; swamp-dock, R. verticillatus; water-dock, R. Britannica and R. Hydrolapathum; and white dock, R. salicifolius.
    • n dock A name of various other species of plants, mostly coarse weeds with broad leaves, as dovedock, the coltsfoot, Tussilago Farfara; elf-dock, the elecampane, Inula Helenium; prairie-dock, Silphium terebinthinum; round dock, the common mallow, Malva sylvestris; spatter-dock, the yellow pond-lily, Nuphar advena; sweet dock, Polygonum Bistorta; velvet dock, the mullen, Verbascum Thapsus. See burdock, candock, and hardock.
    • n dock The tail of a beast cut short or clipped; the stump of a tail; the solid part of a tail.
    • n dock The buttocks; the rump.
    • n dock The fleshy part of a boar's chine, between the middle and the rump.
    • n dock A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.
    • n dock A piece of leather forming part of a crupper.
    • n dock The crupper of a saddle.
    • n dock The stern of a ship.
    • dock To cut off, as the end of a thing; cut short; clip; curtail: as, to dock the tail of a horse.
    • dock Hence To deduct a part from; shorten; curtail; diminish: as, to dock one's wages.
    • dock Nautical, to clue up (a corner of a sail) when it hinders the helmsman from seeing: usually with up.
    • dock To cut off, rescind, or destroy; bar: as, to dock an entail.
    • n dock In hydraulic engin., strictly, an inclosed water-space in which a ship floats while being loaded or unloaded, as the space between two wharves or piers; by extension, any space or structure in or upon which a ship may be berthed or held for loading, unloading, repairing, or safe-keeping. The water-space may communicate freely with the stream or harbor, or the entrance to it may be closed by a gate or by a lock. If provided with a lock or gate, the level of the water within the dock remains at all times nearly the same, as the gate is opened only at full tide, when the level without and within is the same. If a lock is employed, vessels can pass in and out at all stages of the tide, but this does not materially affect the level of the water inside the dock. In an open dock the tide continually lowers or raises the vessel, and this interferes in some degree with the work of loading or unloading. The closed docks are free from this inconvenience, while a greater advantage is found in the absence of currents. In a larger sense the term is also applied to a basin or inclosed water-space for the storage of floating timber or the safe-keeping of river-steamers, barges, or canal-boats laid up for the winter, and by a further extension is made to include the wharves and warehouses on or in the neighborhood of a dock. The largest closed docks are at Liverpool and London, in England. In a particular sense the term is also applied to the construction and apparatus used in repairing and building ships, as the floating dock, dry-dock, depositing-dock, and sectional dock.
    • dock To bring or draw into or place in a dock.
    • n dock The place where a criminal stands in court.
    • n dock Rumex persicarioides, an American species long confounded with the golden dock of the Old World, found on sandy shores from New Brunswick to Virginia and westward to Kansas and New Mexico, and also on the Pacific coast.
    • dock In biscuit- (cracker-) making, to prick holes in (each biscuit) before it is put in the oven, to provide for the escape of moisture.
    • n dock Docks are distinguished broadly as wet docks, or those consisting of an inclosed water-space or basin in which ships lie to take in or discharge cargo, and which cannot be pumped dry; and dry-docks, in which vessels can be taken entirely clear of water. The latter are divided into excavated or graving-docks, slip-docks, lifting-docks, and floating docks. A basin dock is a wet dock whose entrance is continually open to the tide; a closed dock, one whose entrance is closed by a lock, caisson, or gate so as to maintain the interior water-level approximately constant. A slip-dock is one in which a vessel is partially hauled out on a marine railway in a slip provided with gates which are closed at low tide, excluding the water from the vessel. A lifting-dock is one in which a submerged platform on which the ship is landed on blocks and is then raised vertically clear of the water with the ship by hydraulic power. An off-shore dock is a floating dock with a bottom aud one side wall, maintained in an upright position by means of upper and lower parallel booms attached to the side wall and to strong vertical columns built on the foreshore. A box-dock is a floating dock whose ends can be closed by caissons or gates after the entrance of the vessel, the interior space being then pumped out as in a graving-dock. A balance-dock is the ordinary type of floating dock with open ends, in which the side walls arc utilized as ballast compartments to maintain the dock in level balance. A self-docking floating dock is one so arranged in detachable sections that all its underwater parts can be successively docked by the remaining parts for examination and repairs.
    • n dock In railroading, a track at a siding or in a freight yard, having a raised platform on each side for convenience in loading at the level of the car door.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dock dok a troublesome weed with large leaves and a long root
    • v.t Dock dok to cut short: to curtail: to cut off: to clip
    • n Dock the part of a tail left after clipping
    • n Dock dok an enclosure or artificial basin near a harbour or river, for the reception of vessels: the box in court where the accused stands: in a railway station, the place of arrival and departure of a train
    • v.t Dock to place in a dock
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  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    “The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.”


In the dock - If someone is in the dock, they are on trial in court.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. docce,; of uncertain origin; cf. G. docken-,blätter, Gael. dogha, burdock, OF. doque,; perh. akin to L. daucus, daucum, Gr. , , a kind of parsnip or carrot, used in medicine. Cf. Burdock


In literature:

A platform in the upper part of a dock.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
From this on to the outer dock I see three isolated houses, that still remain.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
He's been taking information about that Dock case.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
A few minutes later the row-boat drew up to a small dock at the end of a well-kept garden.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
Along the wharves the fire tugs saved most of the docks.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
The approaching troops were on the dock by the time that the young lieutenant had returned to the open.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
He was easily enough traced to the Docks, where he had sped, hoping against hope to find Alick loitering there.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
They landed at a rickety old dock with a big gasoline tank perched at one end of it.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
Its present docks, covering an area of 120 acres, were built in 1860.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
Everyone is at the dock and we sail in two hours.
"Wanted--7 Fearless Engineers!" by Warner Van Lorne

In poetry:

I will not try the reach again,
I will not set my sail alone,
To moor a boat bereft of men
At Yarnton's tiny docks of stone.
"From: Dedicatory Ode" by Hilaire Belloc
The law makes gospel-banquets sweet;
The gospel makes the law complete:
Law-suits to grace's storehouse draw;
Grace docks and magnifies the law.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
I see a ship glide through a dock
With lovely white wings,
And women watch her from the lock,
A sailor, laughing, sings,
Ai-lee-yoh, Haul-away, yoh!
"Ai-Lee-Oh" by Bill Adams
From the rude Dock my skirt had swept
A fringe of clinging burrs so green;
Like them our hearts still closer crept,
And hook'd a thousand holds unseen.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
The cloud pass'd away, and the moon again
Shone on the ivy-wrapt tower ;
And the wind died away to a murmuring moan,
And the dock toll'd the midnight hour.
"St. Mark's Eve - A Fragment" by Mary Anne Browne
Every sailor they say has a girl in each port
Wherever I dock I'm called 'Honey'
I get letters from dames all over the world
And most of them asking for money.
"The Sailor" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Badger was about 450 feet from the Manitowoc, Wis. Dock Thursday afternoon when it ran aground.
Day-trippers headed to the San Juan Islands often arrive at the ferry dock frantic.
Smoke rises from a dry dock as fire crews respond Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
The Assembly is reluctant to give approval to Docks and Harbors to purchase Fisherman's Bend/Andrew's Marina.
Docks and Harbors gets the chance to buy those facilities from the Andrew's family for $4 million.
Dave Adelisi's love affair "dry docked" in his driveway for the season.
Man Rescued After Being Trapped Between Fishing Boat , Dock In Ventura Harbor.
A man suffered serious injuries when he ended up in the ocean at Ventura Harbor, and was trapped between a large fishing boat , and a dock.
A couple fishes off a dock on Gull Lake, in this file photo from May 2008.
Man Rescued After Being Trapped Between Fishing Boat, Dock In Ventura Harbor.
A man suffered serious injuries when he ended up in the ocean at Ventura Harbor, and was trapped between a large fishing boat, and a dock.
The dock at the Findebotten private fjord in western Norway.
Japanese dock that washed ashore in Oregon.
Federal and state authorities are trying to locate, track and hopefully sink at sea a floating dock that could be tsunami debris from Japan, a state Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman said today.
Debris samples from a floating dock system that washed up on West Oahu beaches have been turned over to the state Department of Health for examination.

In science:

Nakamura, Flexible docking of a ligand peptide to a receptor protein by a multicanonical molecular dynamics simulation, Chem.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Arbetet har lett till att flera praktiskt anv ändbara metoder utvecklats. F ör vissa problem återst år dock mycket arbete innan evidenskalkylen kan f å praktisk till ämpning.
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On the other hand, the p–LES interferes with the docking of LES that is, with the formation of the folding nucleus, as it is clear from Fig. 22.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
These robots can energetically die (and so decrease the swarm efficiency); (3) many robots can create a ”crowd” around a docking station and essentially hinder a docking approach.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
The ”barrier problem” - robots are separated form docking stations by a barrier; (c) A possible solution to the ”barrier problem”: swarm robots form a multi-robot organism and collectively pass the barrier.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms