verb (used with object)

  1. to place (a ship) in a dry dock.

verb (used without object)

  1. (of a ship) to go into a dry dock.


  1. a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.


  1. a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship’s bottom

verb dry-dock

  1. to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock

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