- 1 countable (wharf, quay)(for cargo ships)to be in dock uncountable (ship)estar en puerto(car) (British English) [colloquial]estar en reparaciones(before noun) (worker/strike)Example sentences
- Once China lost control of its repair docks at Port Arthur, nothing could be done to put its damaged foreign-built ships back in service.
- There, slowly sailing towards them was a large ship coming from the docks of Port Refuge.
- I was working part-time at the docks, unloading the ship's cargo boxes and supplies.
- Geoff was waiting for him on the rickety wooden dock that stretched out into the river.
- They all did the required swimming test then headed over to the boat dock.
- He made his way to a boat dock and pulled himself up onto it.
- 2also: docks pluralExample sentences
- Blaise walked along the docks, holding his breath as the unfamiliar scent of fish reached his nose, making him gag.
- At one point 16,000 dockers organised mobile pickets and closed the docks along the Thames.
- The report recommends a maximum height of 12 storeys in underdeveloped areas such as around Heuston Station, Spencer Dock and the south docks.
- 1 (Nautical)Example sentences
- The bars scraped along the concrete landing ramps as the ferry docks.
- The next morning the ship docked at the main port of Indian Island.
- Wives of seamen could only visit their husbands when his ship docked at its home port.
- Over 15,500 boats were docked at these marinas.
- The Quays welcomed two Galway Hooker sailing boats and a flotilla of sailing vessels were docked at Albert Basin.
- They learn how to fish, including how to bait the hook, tie knots and rig tackle, even back up a trailer and dock a boat.
- 2 (Aerospace)Example sentences
- After that both radar systems broke down which meant that we knew for certain the commander would have to dock with the Space Station manually.
- He was Commander of Atlantis as it docked with the Russian space station Mir.
- This shuttle would not even be docking with the International Space Station.
- 1(wages)descontar dinero deExample sentences
- The scheme is operated by the employer, who docks the money each week and passes it to the charities.
- After that event at school, his parents had grounded him for a month, and docked his allowance until Christmas.
- If staff forget their swipe card they are sent home to retrieve it - and the pay is docked for the amount of time they spend going home to get it.
- 2(dog's tail/horse's tail)Example sentences
- Such dogs were exempt from taxes, and their owners docked the dogs' tails to document their occupation.
- Aside from the schipperke's thick ruff, the most striking feature of the breed is its tail - or lack thereof, since the tail is typically docked.
- If the tail must be docked, the breed standard dictates that no more than one third of the tail may be removed.
- (Law) (no plural) the dockel banquillo de los acusadosExample sentences
- He was flanked by two police officers and a court security officer as he stood in the glass-enclosed dock at Harrogate Magistrates Court.
- The new initiative comes just months after a defendant leapt over the dock at Southend court and made a dash for freedom.
- Another image on her studio workbench was of a very young man with his eyes downcast, sitting in a dock next to a court officer.
- uncountable (Botany)Example sentences
- This is rarer and is usually caused by weeds such as nettles and docks, late flowering plants and fungal spores.
- Pesticides, similarly, were unknown: docks, nettles and thistles were scythed away by hand just as they came into seed.
- I was out with this dangerous looking implement this afternoon, cutting down nettles, rosebay and docks nearly as tall as I am.
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