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  • Floating Dock
    Floating Dock
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Floating-dock a dock which floats in the water, but can by pumping out its hollow sides be raised high in the water with any ship that has been floated into it, and then emptied of water by further pumping
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old Dut. dokke; perh. from Low L. doga, a canal—Gr. dochē, a receptacle—dechesthai, to receive.


In literature:

They had been floating about the dock in that mizzly cold rain for nearly an hour.
"Youth" by Joseph Conrad
At that period there were only four floating docks in Liverpool.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
There is also a floating dock.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume II (of 2)" by John West
It was a figure all in white which seemed to float down the lane between the tents and out upon the nearest boat-dock.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Indeed, Sydney Harbour may be regarded as one immense floating dock.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Curious screw docks, eight on each side raise the frame on which the ship is floated.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Benny was still unfurling his sail when his party came down to the floating dock the next morning.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
A small river falling into a large one, or into a dock or float.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He landed at last against a floating dock, and found that it was a fish market.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
In the shallow water near the dock there always floated a dense school of little fish like sardines.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
There was a small clearing beside a brook which formed a narrow deep cove, a sort of natural miniature dock where their boat floated.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
The port is provided with a floating dock.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
There are also ten private graving and floating docks and one public graving dock.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
On the banks of the river below the city are numerous dockyards, as well as the merchants' floating dock.
"The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 2" by William Finden
As it floated past the Hawkins' dock, loud voices came from the direction of the woodshed.
"Swamp Island" by Mildred A. Wirt
Flags floated from the buildings, and women waved handkerchiefs from the docks.
"Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812" by James Barnes
The harbour is provided with a floating dock, completed in 1902.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various
In time a huge floating dock that could be submerged, called a camel, was employed to bring vessels over the bar.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
A screw steamer, docked just at the head of the float, began to revolve its propeller rapidly, preparatory to moving in its berth.
"Jack Harvey's Adventures" by Ruel Perley Smith
The port is the most important on the west coast, and accommodates vessels of 3000 tons in a floating dock; there is also a graving dock.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

Boat show season is upon us and all those shiny new boats stacked in convention centers or tied off to floating docks aren't there to look pretty, they're there to get sold.
"Tent man" Don Strom of Olalla prepares to dock at his floating tent on Long Lake on Wednesday.
When a customer steps aboard Pinnacle Entertainment's Boomtown Belle II docked across the Mississippi from New Orleans, the 380-foot floating casino is a riverboat.
A dingy floats tied to a dock in Port Phillip, Australia.
A Cessna 195 floats at the dock during the 2011 Splash-In.
Debris floating on the Monongahela River drifts past one of the fleet of excursion riverboats at its dock in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Emergency workers in Beaufort County are being honored by an animal advocacy group for saving a dog caught under a floating dock .
It includes a floating sculpture park in the "cultural" zone of the Albert and Canning Docks and a floating event space in Salthouse Dock .
SEATTLE — Colman Dock renovations won't displace the passenger-only ferry float.
About 140 feet of floating docks will be installed in the northernmost section of the park.
Federal and state authorities are trying to locate, track and hopefully sink at sea a floating dock that could be tsunami debris from Japan, a state Department of Land and Natural Resources spokeswoman said today.
Dock from Japan floats 5,000 miles to Oregon (+video).
Beside the dock, there are 1.5 million tons of tsunami debris still floating in the Pacific.
What you should look for in any floating dock.
The boat lift and floating dock are ideal for boating enthusiasts, says listing agent Tim Savage, co-owner/ realtor at Gulf Coast International Properties.