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Definition: floating dock
n : dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then
raised [syn: floating dry dock
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Definition: Floating dock
1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
wreck; floating motes in the air.
2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
ribs in man and some other animals.
3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
floating capital; a floating debt.
Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
withdrawn in great masses from the island.
(Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
(Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
bombardment of a place.
(a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor
of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau
bridge. See Bateau
(b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one
projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being
moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops
over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
(c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by
means of chains which are anchored on each side of a
stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels
being driven by stream power.
(d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.
(Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
functions of the latter.
(a) An anchored dam.
(b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
. (Naut.) See under Dock
, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
(Bot.), a small aquatic plant (Limnanthemum lacunosum
) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
of American ponds.
, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
. (Med.) See Wandering kidney
, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel
moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners
of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy
or floating stage.
. (Med.) See Wandering liver
, a landing stage or pier which rises and
falls with the tide.
(Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
are not connected with the others in front; in man they
are the last two pairs.
(Plastering), a strip of plastering first
laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
(Weaving), threads which span several
other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
, 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
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
, a kind of floating dock
which is kept level
by pumping water out of, or letting it into, the
compartments of side chambers.
, 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.
, a dock which is made to become buoyant, and,
by floating, to lift a vessel out of water.
, a dock for holding a ship for graving or
cleaning the bottom, etc.
, a dock in which a vessel is raised clear of
the water by hydraulic presses.
, a dock connected with which are naval stores,
materials, and all conveniences for the construction and
repair of ships.
, a form of floating dock
made in separate
sections or caissons.
, 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.
, 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