1. 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. Grew.
2. A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.
(Dock), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Docked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Docking.] [See Dock a tail. Cf. W. tociaw,
and twciaw, to dock, clip.]
1. 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.Chaucer.
2. To cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages.
3. To cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail.
(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 tide.
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 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.
(Dock) v. t. To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc.
(Dock"age) n. A charge for the use of a dock.
(Dock"-cress`) n. (Bot.) Nipplewort.
(Dock"et) n. [Dock to cut off + dim. suffix -et.]
1. A small piece of paper or parchment, containing the heads of a writing; a summary or digest.
2. A bill tied to goods, containing some direction, as the name of the owner, or the place to which they
are to be sent; a label. Bailey.