• To cut off a section of an animal's tail, to practise a caudectomy.
  • To reduce (wages); to deduct from.
  • To cut off, bar, or destroy.
  • To land at a harbour.
  • To join two moving items.
  • To engage in the sexual practice of docking (where the tip of one participant's penis is inserted into the foreskin of the other participant).
  • To drag a user interface element (such as a toolbar) to a position on screen where it snaps into place.
  • To place (an electronic device) in its dock.
  • To pierce with holes, as pricking pastry or dough with a fork to prevent excessive rising in the oven.


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  • From Middle English dokke, from Old English docce, from Proto-Germanic *dukk- (compare Old Danish dokke ("water-dock"), West Flemish dokke, dokkebladeren), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- ("dark") (compare Latvian duga ("scum, slime on water")).
  • From Middle English dok, from Old English *docce, *docca (as in fingirdoccana), from Proto-West Germanic *dokkā, from Proto-Germanic *dukkǭ (compare West Frisian dok ("bunch, ball (twine)"), Low German Dokke ("bundle of straw"), Icelandic dokkur ("stumpy tail")), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeu-k- ("to spin, shake") (compare Lithuanian dvė̃kti ("to breathe, wheeze"), dvãkas, Albanian dak ("big ram"), Sanskrit धुक्षति ("to blow")).
  • From Middle English dokken, from the noun (see above).
  • From early modern English "area of mud in which a ship can rest at low tide, dock", borrowed from Dutch dok or Middle Low German docke, both from Middle Dutch docke, of uncertain origin. The original sense may have been "the furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank" . Compare modern Dutch dok, modern German Low German Dock, West Frisian dok, German Dock, Danish dok, Swedish docka.
  • Some sources link this word to an unattested Middle Dutch *docke, which is a ghost word, only being inferred from Mediaeval Latin documents in the form of ducta, doctus, doccia. However, if this theory is correct, then it would relate the word to Italian doccia, making dock a doublet of douche, and duct.
  • An alternative theory ties Middle Dutch docke to a North Germanic/Scandinavian source, notably Old Norse dǫkk, related to Norwegian dokk, Old Icelandic dökk, dökð, Swedish dank. If so, this would make dock a dank.
  • Originally criminal slang; from or akin to Dutch (West Flemish) dok or docke.

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