bobtail, bob, dock

(noun) a short or shortened tail of certain animals


(noun) the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair

dock, dockage, docking facility

(noun) 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”


(noun) an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial

dock, loading dock

(noun) a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded

pier, wharf, wharfage, dock

(noun) a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats

dock, sorrel, sour grass

(noun) any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine


(verb) maneuver into a dock; “dock the ships”

dock, tail, bob

(verb) remove or shorten the tail of an animal


(verb) come into dock; “the ship docked”


(verb) deduct from someone’s wages


(verb) deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun


(US, rare, dated) A male given name or nickname.

Etymology 1


dock (countable and uncountable, plural docks)

Any of the genus Rumex of coarse weedy plants with small green flowers related to buckwheat, especially common dock, and used as potherbs and in folk medicine, especially in curing nettle rash.

A burdock plant, or the leaves of that plant.

Etymology 2


dock (plural docks)

The fleshy root of an animal's tail.

The part of the tail which remains after the tail has been docked.

(obsolete) The buttocks or anus.

A leather case to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.


dock (third-person singular simple present docks, present participle docking, simple past and past participle docked)

(transitive) To cut off a section of an animal's tail, to practise a caudectomy.

(transitive) To reduce (wages); to deduct from.

(transitive) To cut off, bar, or destroy.

Etymology 3


dock (plural docks)

A fixed structure attached to shore to which a vessel is secured when in port.

A structure attached to shore for loading and unloading vessels.

The body of water between two piers.

The place of arrival and departure of a train in a railway station.

A section of a hotel or restaurant.

(electronics) A device designed as a base for holding a connected portable appliance such as a laptop computer (in this case, referred to as a docking station), or a mobile telephone, for providing the necessary electrical charge for its autonomy, or as a hardware extension for additional capabilities.

(computing, graphical user interface) A toolbar that provides the user with a way of launching applications, and switching between running applications.

An act of docking; joining two things together.


• (body of water between piers): slip

• (structure for loading and unloading vessels): wharf, quay


• (structure at shore to which vessel is secured): mooring, moorage


dock (third-person singular simple present docks, present participle docking, simple past and past participle docked)

(intransitive) To land at a harbour.

To join two moving items.

(transitive, computing) To drag a user interface element (such as a toolbar) to a position on screen where it snaps into place.

(transitive) To place (an electronic device) in its dock.

Etymology 4


dock (plural docks)

Part of a courtroom where the accused sits.

Etymology 5


dock (third-person singular simple present docks, present participle docking, simple past and past participle docked)

(cooking) To pierce with holes, as pricking pastry or dough with a fork to prevent excessive rising in the oven.

Source: Wiktionary

Dock, n. Etym: [AS. docce; of uncertain origin; cf. G. docken- blätter, Gael. dogha burdock, OF. doque; perh. akin to L. daucus, daucum, Gr. Burdock.] (Bot.)

Definition: A genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of extermination.

Note: 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, n. Etym: [Cf. Icel. dockr a short tail, Fries. dok a little bundle or bunch, G. docke bundle, skein, a short and thick column.]

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.] Etym: [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. Etym: [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr.

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.

Definition: To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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