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Definition of dock:

  1. A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.
  2. A genus of plants ( Rumex), some species of which are well- known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of extermination.
  3. 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 tide.
  4. The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands.
  5. 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.
  6. The solid part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the hair; the stump of a tail; the part of a tail left after clipping or cutting.
  7. To cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages.
  8. to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse.
  9. To cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail.
  10. To draw, law, or place ( a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc.


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