Definition of dry dock in English:

dry dock

(also dry-dock)


  • A dock which can be drained of water to allow the inspection and repair of a ship's hull.

    ‘the company invested £40,000 in modernizing their dry dock’
    mass noun ‘the vessel will go into dry dock until late February’
    • ‘By the autumn of 1996 there was sufficient funding to allow the ship to be moved into the adjacent dry dock at Hartlepool Historic Quay to begin the crucial work on the below-the-waterline hull structure.’
    • ‘The whole of the Latimer's Landing area had been reserved for ship repairs and a dry dock, a business activity which Portnet believed would grow.’
    • ‘Options include towing the ship to a dry dock, having it repaired, then towing it back to its berth at the park.’
    • ‘Shipbuilding and repair in dry docks are also significant.’
    • ‘The vessel was floated by the flooding of the dry dock, rather than from a slipway.’
    • ‘The partially destroyed Merrimack at Norfolk, of course, was a godsend for the nascent Confederate navy, as was the shipyard's huge dry dock.’
    • ‘The site currently comprises three dry docks, one of which will be filled in to facilitate construction of a large shipbuilding hall.’
    • ‘Escaping the professor, we walked right round the island's ruined walls, past the stone dry dock where the Phoenicians assembled new ships from kits sent over from the mother city.’
    • ‘It is a very big day for me and for the workforce because lots of people never expected us to build a ship and finish a ship and it will be a ship the moment it floats out of the dry dock.’
    • ‘Campaigners hope to raise £20,000 to remove the craft from moorings at Sunbury and take it to a dry dock in Caversham, Reading, where it can be restored to its former glory.’
    • ‘‘Work on restoring the double dry dock is now underway,’ John added.’
    • ‘The firm stepped up its preparations to win lucrative aircraft carrier contracts by taking out a long-term lease on a Clydeport dry dock in Port Glasgow.’
    • ‘There is at least one dry dock on site that can be used specifically for ship outfitting.’
    • ‘Volunteers cleared trees and undergrowth to uncover historic waterway features, including a dry dock, a saw pit and the remains of the lock keeper's cottage.’
    • ‘I had to go and work in the dry docks in winter, cycling to my work, and training part-time at Falkirk.’
    • ‘The Helena was moved into one of Percy's dry docks.’
    • ‘They were painting a ship on Sunday while standing on a platform attached to the crane which collapsed in one of the world's busiest dry docks.’
    • ‘Many were built in the dry docks at Southampton and Portsmouth while smaller ones were constructed at Stokes Bay, Gosport and Beaulieu.’
    • ‘The sponsored walk, in March, gave members the chance to see locks and dry docks, which had been lost in undergrowth for a century.’
    • ‘The plan says 400 homes could be built, with galleries, cafes and speciality shops nearby, and a striking ‘boutique’ hotel overlooking the nearby dry dock, which would also be restored.’


[with object]
  • Place (a ship) in a dry dock.

    as noun dry-docking ‘the vessel underwent its first dry-docking in six years’
    • ‘Another two ships were dry-docked at the end of slipways while a few cold-looking workers labored at scraping down the hulls.’
    • ‘Unless action is taken within the next five years and unless the ship is dry-docked within the next 10 years, it will be effectively gone.’
    • ‘She had heard that Nelson had dry-docked his beloved boat for nearly a year while she underwent a complete refit and update.’
    • ‘To really ramp up sales, Rory says, they'd need to dry-dock the boat, move to a land-based office, and start hiring employees.’
    • ‘The 21-story-tall ocean liner was dry-docked at an Atlantic coastal shipyard for finishing touches before its maiden voyage.’
    • ‘On arrival in Cork, the Jeanie will be dry-docked for a hull inspection that will take almost a fortnight to complete before she returns to her native Kerry shoreline.’
    • ‘Last year the ghostly galleon survived the worst autumn gales and has since been dry-docked in a hay-shed in Dowra.’
    • ‘The vessel was to be dry-docked during the week after the loss.’
    • ‘The fact that he did not at that moment determine whether the vessel should be dry-docked immediately or whether the vessel could await her next normal dry-docking does not affect that situation.’
    • ‘The great-grandfather was the last crewman to run up HMS Victory's signal flags on Trafalgar Day in 1921, the year before the world's oldest commissioned warship was dry-docked in Portsmouth to preserve its condition.’
    • ‘Karen found Rick in the lounge on the station's far port side, overlooking the scaffolds where the ships from today's battle were dry-docked for repairs.’
    • ‘The 16,000-ton nuclear-powered submarine was navigated into Devonport on Sunday February 3, and then nudged into the sheltered Five Basin, in preparation for her dry-docking and the start of her refit.’
    • ‘One of the trials will be a dry-docking in Rosyth, to ensure that she is tested in any situation likely to be encountered by a warship.’
    • ‘On this basis they concluded that there had been no previous opportunity for fouling to have occurred between the dry-docking and arrival at Sepetiba.’


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