Definition of dock noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɒk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɑːk//
    Coastlines and the sea, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1[countable] a part of a port where ships are repaired, or where goods are put onto or taken off them dock workers The ship was in dock. see also dry dock See related entries: Coastlines and the sea, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2docks [plural] a group of docks in a port and the buildings around them that are used for repairing ships, storing goods, etc.
  3. 3[countable] (North American English) = jetty
  4. 4[countable] (North American English) a raised platform for loading vehicles or trains
  5. 5[countable] the part of a court where the person who has been accused of a crime stands or sits during a trial He's been in the dock (= on trial for a crime) several times already. CollocationsCriminal justiceBreaking the law break/​violate/​obey/​uphold the law be investigated/​arrested/​tried for a crime/​a robbery/​fraud be arrested/ (especially North American English) indicted/​convicted on charges of rape/​fraud/(especially US English) felony charges be arrested on suspicion of arson/​robbery/​shoplifting be accused of/​be charged with murder/(especially North American English) homicide/​four counts of fraud face two charges of indecent assault admit your guilt/​liability/​responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/​claims/​charges confess to a crime grant/​be refused/​be released on/​skip/​jump bailThe legal process stand/​await/​bring somebody to/​come to/​be on trial take somebody to/​come to/​settle something out of court face/​avoid/​escape prosecution seek/​retain/​have the right to/​be denied access to legal counsel hold/​conduct/​attend/​adjourn a hearing/​trial sit on/​influence/​persuade/​convince the jury sit/​stand/​appear/​be put/​place somebody in the dock plead guilty/​not guilty to a crime be called to/​enter (British English) the witness box take/​put somebody on the stand/(North American English) the witness stand call/​subpoena/​question/​cross-examine a witness give/​hear the evidence against/​on behalf of somebody raise/​withdraw/​overrule an objection reach a unanimous/​majority verdict return/​deliver/​record a verdict of not guilty/​unlawful killing/​accidental death convict/​acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/​your acquittal lodge/​file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/​uphold/​overturn a conviction/​verdictSentencing and punishment pass sentence on somebody carry/​face/​serve a seven-year/​life sentence receive/​be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/​jail) carry/​impose/​pay a fine (of $3 000)/a penalty (of 14 years imprisonment) be imprisoned/​jailed for drug possession/​fraud/​murder do/​serve time/​ten years be sent to/​put somebody in/​be released from jail/​prison be/​put somebody/​spend X years on death row be granted/​be denied/​break (your) parole
  6. 6 [uncountable] a wild plant of northern Europe with large thick leaves that can be rubbed on skin that has been stung by nettles to make it less painful dock leaves
  7. 7= docking station
  8. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 3 late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German docke, of unknown origin. noun sense 5 late 16th cent.: probably originally slang and related to Flemish dok ‘chicken coop, rabbit hutch’, of unknown origin. noun sense 6 Old English docce, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dialect dokke.Extra examples After a night of drunken revelry they ended up in the dock. She was in the dock on charges of attempted fraud. The defendant stood in the dock. The ship is in dock for repairs. an outburst from the dock the cargo stacked on the dock He’s been in the dock several times already. The boat is now ready to be moved to a dry dock. The great system of commercial docks began in the Middle Ages. There are plans to redevelop the old docks for new housing. a dock strike
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