• (n.) A genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are
well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of
• (n.) The solid part of an animal's tail, as distinguished from the
hair; the stump of a tail; the part of a tail left after clipping or
• (n.) A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a
• (v. t.) to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut
short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse.
• (v. t.) To cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to
subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages.
• (v. t.) To cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail.
• (n.) 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 tide.
• (n.) 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.
• (n.) The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands.
• (v. t.) To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing,
cleaning the bottom, etc.