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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dock
A genus of plants (Rumex), some species of which are well-known weeds which have a long taproot and are difficult of extermination.

Note: Yellow dock is Rumex crispus, with smooth curly leaves and yellow root, which that of other species is used medicinally as an astringent and tonic.

Etymology: AS. docce; of uncertain origin; cf. G. docken-blätter, Gael. dogha burdock, OF. doque; perh. akin to L. daucus daucum, Gr. �, �, a kind of parsnip or carrot, used in medicine. Cf. Burdock

noun Dock
Senses
  1. 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 cutting.
  2. A case of leather to cover the clipped or cut tail of a horse.

Etymology: Cf. Icel. dockr a short tail, Fries. dok a little bundle or bunch, G. docke bundle, skein, a short and thick column

verb Dock
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  1. to cut off, as the end of a thing; to curtail; to cut short; to clip; as, to dock the tail of a horse."His top was docked like a priest biforn." [ Chaucer.]
  2. To cut off a part from; to shorten; to deduct from; to subject to a deduction; as, to dock one's wages.
  3. To cut off, bar, or destroy; as, to dock an entail.

Etymology: See Dock a tail. Cf. W. tociaw, and twciaw, to dock, clip

noun Dock
Senses
  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 tide.
  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 .
  3. The place in court where a criminal or accused person stands.

Etymology: Akin to D. dok; of uncertain origin; cf. LL. doga ditch, L. doga ditch, L. doga sort of vessel, Gr. � receptacle, fr. � to receive

verb Dock
To draw, law, or place (a ship) in a dock, for repairing, cleaning the bottom, etc.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A short or shortened tail of certain animals
  2. The solid bony part of the tail of an animal as distinguished from the hair
  3. Landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out ("the ship arrived at the dock more than a day late")
  4. An enclosure in a court of law where the defendant sits during the trial
  5. A platform where trucks or trains can be loaded or unloaded
  6. A platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats
  7. Any of certain coarse weedy plants with long taproots, sometimes used as table greens or in folk medicine
  8. Maneuver into a dock ("dock the ships")
  9. Remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  10. Come into dock ("the ship docked")
  11. Deduct from someone's wages
  12. Deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
Wiktionary
  1. (US, rare, dated) A male given name or nickname.

Dock was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Dock

Dock Ellis was a baseball player. Dock was born on March 11th, 1945 in Los Angeles. He left this life on December 19th, 2008.

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Dock Boggs was an old-time music musician. He plays Banjo. He was most prominent from 1927 to 1929. Dock was given the name Moran Lee Boggs on February 7th, 1898 in Norton, Virginia. He passed away on February 7th, 1971.

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Curley Williams was a country music musician. He plays Vocals and fiddle. Curley was given the name Dock Williams on June 3rd, 1914 in Cairo, Georgia, US. He left this life on September 5th, 1970.

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Dock was born on July 23rd, 1901. He died on May 28th, 1967.

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Fiddlin' Doc Roberts was an old-time music musician. He plays Fiddle. His most notable accomplishments were from 1920 to 1930. Fiddlin' was given the name Dock Philipine Roberts on April 26th, 1897. He left this life on August 4th, 1978.

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Dock was born on April 6th, 1980.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dock

Dock was born on April 6th, 1980.

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How popular is the baby name Dock in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 46 0 46
1881 43 0 43
1882 59 0 59
1883 63 0 63
1884 66 0 66
1885 59 0 59
1886 69 0 69
1887 53 0 53
1888 68 0 68
1889 57 0 57
1890 58 0 58
1891 49 0 49
1892 65 0 65
1893 55 0 55
1894 60 0 60
1895 68 0 68
1896 71 0 71
1897 68 0 68
1898 53 0 53
1899 42 0 42
1900 73 0 73
1901 40 0 40
1902 50 0 50
1903 39 0 39
1904 38 0 38
1905 35 0 35
1906 51 0 51
1907 52 0 52
1908 46 0 46
1909 45 0 45
1910 70 0 70
1911 55 0 55
1912 80 0 80
1913 68 0 68
1914 96 0 96
1915 88 0 88
1916 123 0 123
1917 103 0 103
1918 117 0 117
1919 118 0 118
1920 128 0 128
1921 120 0 120
1922 111 0 111
1923 116 0 116
1924 100 0 100
1925 115 0 115
1926 97 0 97
1927 100 0 100
1928 72 0 72
1929 73 0 73
1930 85 0 85
1931 65 0 65
1932 49 0 49
1933 53 0 53
1934 58 0 58
1935 70 0 70
1936 43 0 43
1937 41 0 41
1938 50 0 50
1939 45 0 45
1940 53 0 53
1941 34 0 34
1942 37 0 37
1943 52 0 52
1944 43 0 43
1945 37 0 37
1946 58 0 58
1947 41 0 41
1948 43 0 43
1949 35 0 35
1950 34 0 34
1951 42 0 42
1952 42 0 42
1953 35 0 35
1954 36 0 36
1955 31 0 31
1956 34 0 34
1957 26 0 26
1958 36 0 36
1959 26 0 26
1960 23 0 23
1961 14 0 14
1962 13 0 13
1963 12 0 12
1964 20 0 20
1965 16 0 16
1966 18 0 18
1967 17 0 17
1968 14 0 14
1969 6 0 6
1970 11 0 11
1971 18 0 18
1972 12 0 12
1973 15 0 15
1974 19 0 19
1975 19 0 19
1976 13 0 13
1977 18 0 18
1978 6 0 6
1979 9 0 9
1980 11 0 11
1981 14 0 14
1982 7 0 7
1983 9 0 9
1984 7 0 7
1985 7 0 7
1986 9 0 9
1987 7 0 7
1988 9 0 9
1989 5 0 5
1990 8 0 8
1993 12 0 12
1994 10 0 10
1995 5 0 5
1997 5 0 5
1998 7 0 7
2000 7 0 7
2005 5 0 5
2009 5 0 5
2016 5 0 5

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Popularity of Dock as a first name

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Popularity of Dock as a last name

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Common last names for Dock

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  • Brown
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Robinson
  • Hill
  • Wilson
  • Lewis
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  • Green
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dock U.S.
  White 53.39% 64.26%
  African American 33.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.10% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 7.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dock

People with the last name Dock are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dock

  • How Popular is the name Dock? Dock is the 3,618th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dock was the 17,274th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dock have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,372 babies born with the first name Dock in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dock to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dock? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 46 new born babies.
  • When was Dock first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dock is Wednesday, September 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Dock born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dock was in 1920 with a total of 128 babies.
  • Random Dock Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dock is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Dock: Your name in reverse order is Kcod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dkoc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dock? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,639 people with the last name Dock.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dock? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dock as their last name since less than 1 person in 179k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.