Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) a short or shortened tail of certain animals
  2. (noun, animal) the solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
  3. (noun, artifact) 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
  4. (noun, artifact) an enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
  5. (noun, artifact) a platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
  6. (noun, artifact) a platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
  7. (noun, plant) any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
  8. (verb, contact) maneuver into a dock
  9. (verb, contact) remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  10. (verb, motion) come into dock
  11. (verb, possession) deduct from someone's wages
  12. (verb, possession) deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty

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Antonyms of Dock


Origin of the word Dock

  1. "ship's berth," late 15c., from M.Du. or M.L.G. docke, perhaps ultimately (via L.L. *ductia "aqueduct") from L. ducere "to lead" (see duke); or possibly from a Scand. word for "low ground" (cf. Norw. dokk "hollow, low ground"). Original sense was "furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank." Related: Docked; docking. more
  2. "where accused stands in court," 1586, originally rogue's slang, from Flem. dok "pen or cage for animals," origin unknown. more
  3. "cut an animal's tail," late 14c., from dok (n.) "fleshy part of an animal's tail," related to O.E. -docca "muscle," from P.Gmc. *dokko "something round, bundle" (cf. O.N. dokka "bundle, girl," Dan. dukke "doll," Ger. Docke "small column, bundle, doll, smart girl"). Meaning "to reduce (someone's) pay for some infraction" is first record… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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