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 for Floating dock
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Floating \Float"ing\, a.
     1. Buoyed upon or in a fluid; a, the floating timbers of a
        wreck; floating motes in the air.
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     2. Free or lose from the usual attachment; as, the floating
        ribs in man and some other animals.
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     3. Not funded; not fixed, invested, or determined; as,
        floating capital; a floating debt.
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              Trade was at an end. Floating capital had been
              withdrawn in great masses from the island.
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     Floating anchor (Naut.), a drag or sea anchor; drag sail.
     Floating battery (Mil.), a battery erected on rafts or the
        hulls of ships, chiefly for the defense of a coast or the
        bombardment of a place.
     Floating bridge.
        (a) A bridge consisting of rafts or timber, with a floor
            of plank, supported wholly by the water; a bateau
            bridge. See Bateau.
        (b) (Mil.) A kind of double bridge, the upper one
            projecting beyond the lower one, and capable of being
            moved forward by pulleys; -- used for carrying troops
            over narrow moats in attacking the outworks of a fort.
        (c) A kind of ferryboat which is guided and impelled by
            means of chains which are anchored on each side of a
            stream, and pass over wheels on the vessel, the wheels
            being driven by stream power.
        (d) The landing platform of a ferry dock.
     Floating cartilage (Med.), a cartilage which moves freely
        in the cavity of a joint, and often interferes with the
        functions of the latter.
     Floating dam.
        (a) An anchored dam.
        (b) A caisson used as a gate for a dry dock.
     Floating derrick, a derrick on a float for river and harbor
        use, in raising vessels, moving stone for harbor
        improvements, etc.
     Floating dock. (Naut.) See under Dock.
     Floating harbor, a breakwater of cages or booms, anchored
        and fastened together, and used as a protection to ships
        riding at anchor to leeward. --Knight.
     Floating heart (Bot.), a small aquatic plant ({Limnanthemum
        lacunosum) whose heart-shaped leaves float on the water
        of American ponds.
     Floating island, a dish for dessert, consisting of custard
        with floating masses of whipped cream or white of eggs.
     Floating kidney. (Med.) See Wandering kidney, under
     Floating light, a light shown at the masthead of a vessel
        moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners
        of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy
        or floating stage.
     Floating liver. (Med.) See Wandering liver, under
     Floating pier, a landing stage or pier which rises and
        falls with the tide.
     Floating ribs (Anat.), the lower or posterior ribs which
        are not connected with the others in front; in man they
        are the last two pairs.
     Floating screed (Plastering), a strip of plastering first
        laid on, to serve as a guide for the thickness of the
     Floating threads (Weaving), threads which span several
        other threads without being interwoven with them, in a
        woven fabric.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dock \Dock\, n. [Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL.
     doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. ?
     receptacle, fr. ? to receive.]
     1. An artificial basin or an inclosure in connection with a
        harbor or river, -- used for the reception of vessels, and
        provided with gates for keeping in or shutting out the
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     2. The slip or water way extending between two piers or
        projecting wharves, for the reception of ships; --
        sometimes including the piers themselves; as, to be down
        on the dock.
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     3. The place in court where a criminal or accused person
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     Balance dock, a kind of floating dock which is kept level
        by pumping water out of, or letting it into, the
        compartments of side chambers.
     Dry dock, a dock from which the water may be shut or pumped
        out, especially, one in the form of a chamber having walls
        and floor, often of masonry and communicating with deep
        water, but having appliances for excluding it; -- used in
        constructing or repairing ships. The name includes
        structures used for the examination, repairing, or
        building of vessels, as graving docks, floating docks,
        hydraulic docks, etc.
     Floating dock, a dock which is made to become buoyant, and,
        by floating, to lift a vessel out of water.
     Graving dock, a dock for holding a ship for graving or
        cleaning the bottom, etc.
     Hydraulic dock, a dock in which a vessel is raised clear of
        the water by hydraulic presses.
     Naval dock, a dock connected with which are naval stores,
        materials, and all conveniences for the construction and
        repair of ships.
     Sectional dock, a form of floating dock made in separate
        sections or caissons.
     Slip dock, a dock having a sloping floor that extends from
        deep water to above high-water mark, and upon which is a
        railway on which runs a cradle carrying the ship.
     Wet dock, a dock where the water is shut in, and kept at a
        given level, to facilitate the loading and unloading of
        ships; -- also sometimes used as a place of safety; a
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  floating dock
      n 1: dry dock that can be submerged under a vessel and then
           raised [syn: floating dock, floating dry dock]

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