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Topic: SPACE

Sense: 1,3-4
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: DOCK1
Sense: 2,5
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from Old English docca 'muscle'

dock

2 verb
     
dock2
1

ships

[intransitive and transitive]TTW if a ship docks, or if the captain docks it, it sails into a dock so that it can unload
dock at/in
We docked at Rangoon the next morning.
2

dock somebody's wages/pay/salary

BEW to reduce the amount of money you pay someone as a punishment:
The company has threatened to dock the officers' pay.
3TD

computers

[transitive] to connect two computers using an electrical wire
dock something to/into/with something
Users can dock a laptop to their desktop setup.
4

spacecraft

[intransitive + with]TTS if two spacecraft dock, they join together in space
5

animals

[transitive]MHHBA to cut an animal's tail short
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