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. Cf. floating dock, graving dock.
dry-dockPronunciation: (drī'dok"), [key]
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
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