a place in a port where ships are loaded, unloaded, or repaired [↪ dry dock]:
A crowd was waiting at the dock to greet them.
The ship is in dock for repairs.
the area of a port where there are docks:
James arrived at the docks expecting to see a luxury liner.
3 [countable] American English
the part of a law court where the person who is charged with a crime stands
in the dock
Three defendants stood in the dock.
thought to have done something dishonest, harmful, or wrong:
in the dockespecially British English
These chemicals remain in the dock until we have more scientific evidence.
6 [uncountable and countable]HBP
a plant with thick green leaves that grows wild in Britain: