dry dock

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dry dock

a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom

dry dock

[′drī ‚däk]
(civil engineering)
A dock providing support for a vessel and a means for removing the water so that the bottom of the vessel can be exposed.
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Vessels dry-docked ranged from the 611 gross ton Royal Iris of the Mersey to the 50,938 gross ton Ulysses, fully utilising Laird's four dry docks.
The warship will be dry-docked at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard until Friday November 19 and is closed to visitors until November 20.