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The area of a building accessible from the street, and convenient to the transportation systems within the building, that provides for the loading and unloading of commercial vehicles.
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loading platform, loading dock
1. An elevated platform at the shipping or delivery door of a building or adjacent to the stage of a theater; usually at the same height as the floor of a motor truck or railroad car to facilitate loading or unloading.
2. A platform on a theater stage for storing counterweights, 2.
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